Mulaforest was a temporal installation created for IFEMA (Madrid) inside the event Mulafest 2017 (Urban Art Festival). The project was conceived by Agustín Carro Faustino, María Torrego Ruano and Juan Hidalgo Laguna, with the colaboration as curator of the artist Esther Pizarro, and the support of Universidad Europea de Madrid.
This installation is composed by modular structures with different heights which create a green space for the visitor to relax and rest, evoking a kind of forest. Each of the blocks is a canvas for the visitor, inviting him to take part in the festival creative atmosphere, being a doer inside the piece, and imprint his experience in it.
The starting point in the creative speech was the idea of totem. A totem is an object shaped in an animal or natural image found in several mythologies. It is an icon for some cultural groups which seek the veneration and workshiping of something, or just to set an evidence of the magnificient their culture is.
This feeling of gathering and magnificient is transported in Mulaforest into the festival, wraping it with the sentiments for childhood memories and the idea of forest. The piece indends to transport the visitor to his child side, when there are no limits for creativity and plastic expression. No chains constraining what it’s and is not allowed.
So, in the same way a child draws in the walls, and the boy engraves in the trunk of a tree, the visitor imprints in Mulaforest, making himself an ephemeral but crucial part in the installation.