Land

Between 2012 and 2013, I spent long hours working on a project sited in the Central Cemetery of Bogota. This cemetery was built at the end of the 19th century, conceived as a system of three adjacent properties located in the Santa Fe neighborhood, right in the heart of the city. During Enrique Peñalosa’s first term as mayor, which coincided with the latest turn of the century, one of the three parcels was adjudged to be transformed into a park, as part of a public space regeneration plan. The strategy was to generate ample esplanades made of concrete that would cover the entire property except for a tree or two and an iconic modern sculpture. It was named “Renaissance Park,” even though, as opposed to something being born again, underneath this new park, forever will lie the foundations of a former cemetery, one formed during a transition between the informal burials of yore and the orderly parcelling of modern tombs, thus preserving older burials under the foundations of the demolished mausoleums. [...]