One of Miralda’s most celebrated and longer-lasting works is Honeymoon Project. Made over a period of six years – from 1986 to 1992 – in over twenty cities around the world, it consisted of a series of ceremonial actions celebrating the imaginary and symbolic wedding between two emblematic monuments on either side of the Atlantic, the Statue of Liberty in New York and the monument to Christopher Columbus in the harbour of Barcelona. Located on the same latitude and of similar age, they symbolise the exchange of products, ideas and traditions uniting the Old and New Worlds since 1492. Miralda galvanised thousands of people into generating and participating in over forty actions representing the different stages of a wedding ritual.
In this same context, Eternity Ring (1991) was a present from the city of Birmingham and the Ikon Gallery: an engagement ring reproducing the crown of the Statue of Liberty, with its characteristic spikes. It was decorated by jewellers from Birmingham with twelve back-lit Perspex diamonds representing the number of members of the European Union at that time – the crown of the Statue of Liberty has seven spikes in a reference to the seven continents and seas. The inside of the circle was transparent and showed hundreds of rings on a human scale offered by the people of Birmingham to the bride and groom on the day when the engagement ring was delivered. The work in the MACBA Collection shows this ceremony, which began with the ring being transported on a horse-drawn carriage, then on a boat round the city’s canals, until its arrival at Centenary Square where it was officially presented.
Gold does not take on any dirt. And gold, just are diamonds, is an exalted material. It possesses such a degree of abstraction that it encounters you –if you use it artistically– on an already exalted level.