Nolla's mosaics. A heritage to preserve

Spain
Angela López Sabater
Community engagement, Education
Intangible
2019
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In 1860, a factory appears in the huerta of Meliana (Valencia, Spain), whose impact will be essential at all levels. The Nolla mosaic factory produced a high quality ceramic for the realization of luxurious decorative compositions used as flooring, baseboards, or for making elements of ornament of facades. Since 2010, our NGO "Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la cerámica Nolla (CIDCeN)" and "ARAE Patrimonio y Restauración" and are carrying a complete research around the factory, mosaic, but also the Palauet Nolla, an emblematic as unknown, symbol of this exceptional industry.

The main parts of the work carried out, explores all the aspects of this heritage: industrial, architectural, artistic, intangible, historical and social. The objectives of this work are numerous: know the technical manufacture of the product, its history, its diffusion, the impact of this industry on the economic and social industry as well as in-depth knowledge of the factory showroom: the Palauet Nolla. The results of these studies allow us the restoration of the building, as well as broadcast and recognition of this valuable legacy. The quality of the research and broadcast carried out on the Palauet Nolla has been rewarded by the prestigious award "European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europe Nostra Awards 2012". Nolla ceramics/mosaic is a heritage which is very difficult to classify, because its value is a pluralidentity. In addition the geographic scope of this material is worldwide, because these mosaics has been placed on all continents. The most remarkable and representative industry Nolla´s craft is mosaiquero, operator specializing in the placement of the tiles that made up the infinity of possible compositions. The perfection with which they placed mosaics, without any joint, makes that today is extremely difficult its restoration by non-specialist operators. Unfortunately, the craft was lost with the closure of the factory, and nowadays the number of ancient mosaiqueros is low.

European Dimension

The craft disappearance of the mosaiquero craft represents a serious obstacle to the conservation of the examples that are still preserved, as the Palauet Nolla. Similar cases we find throughout Europe, in historic buildings with this singular pavement, well because they are disappearing elements linked to old crafts, the savoir-faire. The studies and the activities planned for this year provide information on the recovery of this one and other traditional crafts, for the european experts and to the social community.

Legal body/representative

Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la cerámica Nolla (CIDCeN)

Angela López Sabater (secretary)

Description of the project

The result of the efforts carried out all this yearswill be the opening to the general public at the end of 2019. From "Centro de Investigación y Difusión de la cerámica Nolla (CIDCeN)", we are developing a full cultural programme for society, heritage enthusiasts and experts in the field. Each of the activities raised deals with the personality of each one of the historical figures from XIX century who visited or lived in this historic building, mosaics factory showroom, from the King Amadeo de Saboya, literary figures as Blasco Ibáñez to the Hohenzollern and Romanov families. For the events programme, we have prepared a generic list: -Didactic materials about the craft of the mosaiquero -Micro stories competition -Food festival around the figure of the mosaic -Activities with schools -Old/new mosaiqueros meeting -Meetings of international experts on mosaic (Seminary/Conference) -Concert, sound installation

Legacy of the project

The craft disappearance of the mosaiquero craft represents a serious obstacle to the conservation of the examples that are still preserved, as the Palauet Nolla. Similar cases we find throughout Europe, in historic buildings with this singular pavement, well because they are disappearing elements linked to old crafts, the savoir-faire. The studies and the activities planned for this year provide information on the recovery of this one and other traditional crafts, for the european experts and to the social community.

Budget breakdown

BUDGET: -Didactic materials about the craft of the mosaiquero (1.500 €) -Micro stories competition (500 €) -Food festival around the figure of the mosaic (1.000 €) -Activities with schools (2.000 €) -Old/new mosaiquerosmeeting (1.000 €) -Meetings of international experts on mosaic (Seminary/Conference)(1.500 €) -Concert, soundinstallation (2.000 €) -General organisation (500€)

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