Madrid. Spain

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Carriage of Mister Wolf / Carriages of the Three Magi

elii / Uriel Fogué, Eva Gil y Carlos Palacios

FAD Awards finalist 2017  Ephemeral interventions
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The Jury’s appraisal: The ensemble of carriages of the Magi and of Mister Wolf are the result of the availability of techniques that are inherent to architecture in terms of geometric control and lighting technology, at the service of illusion to create a nocturnal, moving urban scenography. Particularly valuable was the way the carriages of the Magi were built through the addition of open and reflecting pyramids, producing the illusion of a cloud of light of mutating geometry that changes its shape as it moves forward. The Carriage of Mister Wolf is a mobile disco governed by a huge DJ in disguise hanging in mid-air above fine polygons of light. The result is a collection of objects of simple appearance,memorable and as magical as the characters it carries.
On 5 January 2016, at sunset, Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar, carried by constellations of lights, tour the streets of Madrid to be received by hundreds of thousands of children.
The carriages of the Three Magi are built like a kaleidoscope of lights and mirrors, a dynamic optical device that is activated with the movement of the vehicles, playing with the perception of the citizens. The laterals, made from reflecting aluminium pyramids, multiply the focus and depth of the lights and are crowned by a longitudinal walkway that allows movement for Their Majesties and the Royal Secretaries throughout the parade, closing off a chamber in the interior for the installations. The geometry of the pyramids also allows the generators to be ventilated. In the front and back, a set of platforms supports the sacks of sweets that are handed out during the route.
The carriage of “Mr Wolf” makes its way through the streets, guiding the Magi along them with the help of the attendant public, celebrating their arrival in the city of Madrid on this very special day. Mr Wolf floats above a structure of fine rings of coloured lights. The top part is finished off by a technical strip housing the audio devices, different sets of lights and a smoke machine. Behind the rings, in the bottom part, are the subwoofers. The whole, supported by a towed platform, forms a sort of rolling disco that announces the celebration, configuring a festive atmosphere before the stellar moment of the Parade of the Magi. The carriage interacts with the public. The attendant public have small mirrors on which they reflect the light emitted from the carriage, guiding the Magi with their flashes of light.
This carriage, whose volume recalls the characters from children’s cartoons, is an optical device that plays with the perception of the citizens and encourages them to interact with the carriage to build the event among them all. The size and height of the carriage were arrived at through a visual study of the streets. The top part is made narrower to favour the visibility of as many children as possible. Furthermore, its volume is related to the urban scale.

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Localización Location: Madrid. Spain. Arquitectos Architects: elii / Uriel Fogué + Eva Gil + Carlos Palacios. Arquitecta coordinadora del equipo Team Coordinator Architect: elii / Ana López. Colaboradores Collaborators: Ana Castaño + Claudia Pérez. Equipo de Diseño Cabalgata 2016 Design team for the 2016 parade: Maral Kekejian, María Jerez, Jorge Dutor, Laura Millán, David Picazo, Oswaldo Terrones, Ignacio Buhigas, Señorlobo y elii. Construcción Construction: Scenik Movil, S.A. / Artefacto. Fecha Date: 05/01/2016. Fotografía Photography: Imagen Subliminal / Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero + Gabriel Tineo + Álvaros Lagos.
Uriel Fogué
Miguel De Guzmán