'El gran goril·la [The Big Gorilla]' installation
Carrer d'Aragó, 2
THE BIG GORILLA (EXHIBITION)
Antigua i Barbuda
Theatre of Machines
Antigua i Barbuda’s new production, a giant puppet six and a half metres tall, will be displayed in Joan Miró Park, like that King Kong of filmdom who was displayed in the big city like a simple (but huge) sideshow. Gorilla Kong, king of the jungle on a remote island in the Pacific, was one of the referents when building The Big Gorilla, but not the only one. Floquet de Neu, the albino gorilla who lived in Barcelona for 35 years, also sparked the company's imagination. A single specimen exposed to society in captivity, which Antigua i Barbuda has tenderly adopted and humanised down to the very last gesture.
The Big Gorilla is a colossal, monumental puppet, an admired, beloved figure who is shown to us in his immense innocence. Even though it is part of a large-format show, at La Mercè, he will only greet city residents without moving from his place. He will be the effigy of those legendary creatures that vacillate between reality and myth. Like all the company's projects, this is an innovative, original and surprising one that will join the celebrations of Antigua i Barbuda’s twentieth anniversary.