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  Árbol de chinas
(Orange Tree)
Anna Nicholson

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Tren Urbano: Las Lomas Station
About the Area
The Tren Urbano is a new star in our urban landscape. With time, we shall become aware of its revolutionary presence, and change our conventional image of the city by gazing at it from the train cars. A different city, at once fantastic and ordinary, will reveal itself to the train's passengers. Moreover, the Tren Urbano is a place, like the communities traversed by it. Passengers will use the train as an entry and exit point into daily life. To those who live in its vicinity it is a claimable landmark. Art proposed for this site must reconcile local character with the overall metropolitan scope of the route. Given the technical uniqueness of each station, proposed works should be limited to the sites specifically identified, which were selected after a thorough analysis of the operation.  

Artist: Anna Nicholson
Title: Árbol de chinas ( Orange Tree )
Site: Tren Urbano, Las Lomas Station
Dimensions: 25 ft. in diameter x 25 ft. high
Materials: Corten iron USC 350   _ thick and polipropilene pre-casting

The main intention of the orange tree concept is to preserve the memory of the community surrounding the facilities of the Tren Urbano at Las Lomas Station. In the past, this zone was well known for providing citric fruits to the public market in downtown Río Piedras, and to a vast sector of the metropolitan area. This proposal seeks to relate the Las Lomas Station and its surroundings to their origins, by means of a sculpture that aspires to be a symbolic representative of that past. The plan is to locate the artifact on a site through which local residents are bound to pass. Given its durability, it is anticipated that the piece will eventually become a part of their lives. It will also be a landmark, identifying the area and rescuing a fragment of collective memory.  
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