TO celebrate Valencia Day, the Umbracle Centre in the regional capital has unveiled a poignant tribute to all the lives lost in Spain due to COVID-19.

The exhibit, entitled En record de la terra, was unveiled yesterday at the popular arts and science centre.

The piece is the brainchild of artist Rosana Antoli, a 39-year-old contemporary artist from Alcoi, Alicante.

The award winning artist has had work displayed in London’s Tate Modern, The Joan Miro Foundation and the Pompidou Centre in Malaga.

The circular piece collects soil samples for each of the emblematic enclaves in the Valencian region and houses them in clear perspex containers surrounded by gravel and wooden features.

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En record de la terra was unveiled yesterday in a poignant ceremony at the L’Umbracle

The aim of the piece is to create the only place where land from all across the region lays in a single place, a symbol of unity and strength.

The soil samples were collected with the help of the Service of Bomberos Forestals de la Generalitat.

The unveiling took place along with a solemn ceremony presided over by the President of the Generalitat Ximo Puig and select officials from the region.

Serving as a backdrop to the ceremony, a specially composed piece by Bernado Adam Ferrero entitled In Memorium was performed by the Real Camerata Española orchestra.

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