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Stained Glass for Democracy

Political stained glass to report the situation in Catalonia after the referendum, also trying to get support from the peoples of Europe.

Gerard Balcells

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The violence of October 1st was followed by repression, censorship, ideological jail, exile, abuse of power ... everything that a conventional democracy should detest.

The original idea was "Stained Glass for the Republic" which, even if it does not exist, is better than today's reality. But now it is not for the Republic ... now it's about democracy, justice, rights and both individual and collective freedom.

So, what can we do to not shut up, to resist, not to let us be silent, repressed, collapsed...?

It's hard to look ahead and see something other than doubts, traps and fears. But it costs even more to stop feeling the sadness of October 1st and also** the sadness that stems from being in jail or exiled. Nevertheless, we said that we would hold a referendum and we did. And now we are saying that we are a Republic and we will work to ensure this. And we will do it all together. Therefore, if you want it to happen, do what you can.

We are glass makers and we are trying to contribute to this cause with this project. Without pretensions, but ambitiously and no fear. This is a project that has neither rage nor hate or rancour. It has a lot of sense of humour, freshness, beauty -despite sounding cheesy- integrity, realism... we could even say that it is very contemporary.

You can take a look at the project and you may find that you can also do something. Then, you will also see that you cannot stop doing it.

Detall del vitrall d
Detall del vitrall d'un tal Felip VI.

Political Stained Glass

Indeed, it seems that these are the first political stained glass pieces in history. And it is not important if that is not the case, because they talk about people who will become a fundamental part of the history of politics. Ones for being brave and for having listened to the people. The others, for being cowards and for having deceived their people permanently.

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Detall del vitrall de l'Oriol Junqueras. El Sagrat cor de Jesús

The idea is to take the traditional role of the stained glass and use it in a contemporary version, changing religion for politics. Take the language of the religious stained glass, to graphically explain this part of our recent history.

Maybe we can get someone to understand it... It is also intended to make citizens and European governments look themselves in the mirror.

Detall del vitrall d
Detall del vitrall d'una tal Inés Arrimadas. La Verge dels Dolors

Production and Exhibition Phase

Our own funds have allowed us to start this project, but it is more ambitious than our savings. That's why we thought we needed more help.

In any case, since we are stubborn, we have already begun to move from paper to glass with the help of other European and Catalan stained glass makers. This allows us to lower the total budget of the Production phase.

In spite of this, we have to provide the materials that intervene, the exhibition structures or the transport of stained glass, whose destinations are half around the world.

Detall del vitrall d
Detall del vitrall d'un tal Enric Millo

For the Exposure Phase we need a scenic approach that allows viewers to enter and live stained glass from the inside, as you would do in a church, not just to see them. We have followed a very theatrical exposition approach. This includes metallic structures, music, light and a certain drama.

The drawings of the faces are only a quarter of the stained glass window: above it there is the State in the form of a monster, as shown in Marta Rovira’s drawing and M. Rajoy’s jacket, which will go around the upper part of all the stained glass windows. It’s the texture of the skin of a beast, a dragon, a reptile, a shield that is no other than the Spanish State. This kind of complex structure that puts itself at the service of power to avoid putting power at the service of people.

La textura de la pell del drac...
La textura de la pell del drac...

...tampoc és una textura qualsevol...
...tampoc és una textura qualsevol...

Donation Phase

Below the stained glass windows with the protagonists, there is a bunch of text to help the understanding, especially that of the final recipients of the pieces. Because once exposed, the set will be dismantled, and each stained glass will be donated to various international institutions and museums such as UNESCO, the European Court of Human Rights, the Carter Foundation, The Elders, Amnesty International, the Defender of the European People, among others. Below everything, some pieces of fusing will draw a garden, a utopia, a dream ... the future that most of us would like.

Detall del vitrall del President Puigdemont
Detall del vitrall del President Puigdemont

The act of giving the stained glass windows aims at two things: generate a piece of news and also a reaction from those who have the honour to receive them. The media must be able to make the European people understand what is going on in Catalonia in order to start having a collective consciousness, to position oneself, to vindicate it, to ask for explanations to their governments ...

The reaction is based on an essential assumption: stained glass has the ability to resist the passage of time up to 1000 years. When you are given a work of art with this capacity, you can’t pretend you haven’t seen, you cannot throw it away ... You have to save it, it is delicate, you have to protect it ...

This is the ultimate goal: they will have to take a look and, therefore, they will look themselves at the mirror and will realise what they have or haven’t, or even more, what they haven’t done yet despite knowing there are innocent people in jail because of their political ideologies, in spite of repression, corruption, or the fact that there is no separation of powers ... But keep in mind that among the recipients there are no governments or European states. They have already shown us that we are a problem for their interests and we no longer have to expect anything from them.

You can see an outline of how the set will look like in this example, with Oriol Junqueras’ stained glass:


About us

Gerard Balcells
Vitrallsrepublica.blogspot.com
Vitrall.blogspot.com
Vitrallers.com

Collaborations
Émilie Castanier, França
Lameetlesailes.com

Guy Cristina, Suïssa
Ecolevitrail.com

Michel Pradeilles, França
Vitrail de l'Agne

Lisa di Campli, Holanda
Dicampliglas.com

What are your donations for?

Stained glass requires a lot of hours of work and that's what we're already dealing with. This will be our contribution to the project: many hours of work. But the materials involved are many in quantity and in price. This is where we need you.

There are also many expenses for the exhibition because we want the staging to be up to the situation. A staging that allows the viewer to hear, rather than see. A visual immersion, but also auditory and sensory. We have to create the frames and metal structures, the installation of the spotlight, the sound equipment, the computer, the projector ... All this will be done by a specialized company and we will have to pay for it.

And then there is the cost of shipping the stained glass to all institutions. This involves packaging and transportation to New York, The Hague, London ... We also lowered costs in this section, looking for complicities between the CDRs and the international NACs to make deliveries. And this is where we will concentrate: on generating news on the media, as we did in May’s presentation in Switzerland, having a great impact on the media and social networks.

El diari 24Heures en la seva edició del 7 de maig de 2018
El diari 24Heures en la seva edició del 7 de maig de 2018

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Ok Diario també ho va recollir amb un altre to, des d'un altre punt de vista

Calendar planned.

We started the production phase on Sunday, 30th September of 2018, on the eve of October 1st.
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We plan to open the exhibition in June 2019 and start sending the works in September 2019.

The calendar would then be as follows:
€ 5 - € 10 - € 20 - € 25 - € 30- € 75
Delivery: From November 2018 to April 2018

€ 40 - € 50
Delivery: Between June and August 2019

€ 60 - € 80 - € 125 - € 250 - € 350 - € 450 - € 600
Delivery: January to March of 2019

€ 1,500 - € 2,800 - € 3,500
Delivery: As of September 2019

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  • Anna castellana pla

    Anna castellana pla

    10 months

    Per una bona feina!

  • Fcesc

    Fcesc

    11 months

    Una abraçada! Ànims!

  • Eva

    Eva

    11 months

    Una abraçada Gerard, Eva G.

  • Isabel

    Isabel

    11 months

    Finalment...però estic una mica pobre sense treballar i amb un fillet...És simbòlic, no em cal la visita o la reproducció, preferiria veure els vitralls acabats. Un petó.

  • sarabailac

    sarabailac

    11 months

    Enhorabona per aquesta iniciativa que des de l’art farà arribar més lluny lel clam per la llibertat dels presos i preses polítiques.

  • Lia Marques

    Lia Marques

    11 months

    Gràcies per la vostra feina y cor!

  • Lia Marques

    Lia Marques

    11 months

    Gràcies per la vostra feina y cor!

  • rosa maria querol cornudella

    rosa maria querol cornudella

    11 months

    Molta sort!!! Enhorabona pel projecte!!!

  • Montse Bassolas Morist

    Montse Bassolas Morist

    11 months

    encantada de col.laborar

  • Sonajeros

    Sonajeros

    12 months

    Seguim!

5€
2 backers
Guided visit to the workshop

Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of the Stained Glass for Democracy, to know the technique.

10€
28 backers
Guided visit to the workshop + 1 20x20 paper reproduction

Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of the Stained Glass for Democracy, to know the technique, where you can pick up your paper reproduction on cardboard of 20x20cm. of one of the Stained Glass for Democracy.

20€
15 backers
Guided visit to the workshop + pack of 6 postcards

Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of the Stained Glass for Democracy, to know the technique , where you can pick up the pack of 6 postcards with the stained glass drawings, so you can send them to those who most love you , in prisons and exiles ...

25€
18 backers
Guided visit to the workshop + Your name infiltrated

Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of the Stained Glass for Democracy, to know the technique
+ Your name infiltrated in some corner of the stained glass windows, painted in fire and ready to resist 1,000 years.

30€
19 backers
Guided visit to the workshop + Your name infiltrated + 20x20 paper reproduction

Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of the Stained Glass for Democracy, to know the technique
+ Your name infiltrated in some corner of the stained glass windows, painted in fire and ready to resist 1,000 years.
+ 1 paper reproduction on cardboard of 20x20cm. with one of the Stained Glass for Democracy drawings. (Free shipping)

40€
96 left (of 100)
Guided visit to the workshop + Your name infiltrated + 40x40 paper reproduction

Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of the Stained Glass for Democracy, to know the technique
+ Your name infiltrated in some corner of the stained glass windows, painted in fire and ready to resist 1,000 years.
+ 1 paper reproduction on cardboard of 40x40cm. with one of the Stained Glass for Democracy drawings. (Free shipping)

50€
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Guided tour of the exhibition in the company of artists + 40x40 paper reproduction

There will be a visit schedule, so you can find the best time, in groups of 25 people maximum. At the end of the visit, we will give you 1 reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper 40x40cm.

60€
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2h beginning fusing workshop + your 10x10 glass piece

Initiation at the fusing technique of 2h in groups of 15 people. Your piece of glass 10x10cm. that we will send you home.
+ 1 Reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper 20x20cm.

75€
3 backers
Guided visit to the workshop + your name infiltrated + pack 12 postcards + breakfast

Guided visit to the workshop to know the stained glass technique.
+ Your name infiltrated somewhere in the Stained Glass for Democracy, painted on fire and ready to resist 1.000 years.
+ Pack of 12 postcards with some Stained Glass for Democracy drawig to send to those who love you most, to the political prisoners and exiles ...
+ 1 english breakfast at the Bar Foment.

80€
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2h beginning fusing workshop + your piece of glass of 10x10 + 1 reproduction in paper of 40x40

2h beginning fusing workshop in groups of 15 people.
+ Your 10x10cm glass piece that we will send to you at home.
+ 1 reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper 40x40cm.
+ 1 english breakfast at the Bar Foment.

125€
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4h beginning stained glass workshop + your 20x20 stained glass window + 1 paper reproduction 40x40 + breakfast

Stained glass window beginners course of 4h in groups of 15 people. Your 20x20cm stained glass window that you can take home at the end of the workshop.
+ 1 reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper 40x40cm.
+ 1 english breakfast in Rocallaura Café.
https://rocallauracafe.business.site/

250€
10 left (of 10)
8h beginning stained glass workshop + your 20x20 stained glass window + 1 reproduction on paper 40x40 + pack 12 postcards + lunch

Beginner's course on stained glass 8h in a group of 10 people.
+ Your 20x20 stained glass window that you can take home at the end of the workshop.
+ 1 reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper
+ Pack of 12 postcards with Stained Glass for Democracy to send to those who love you most, to the political prisoners and exiles...
+ 1 good lunch at the Cal Menut Restaurant.
http://www.calmenut.com/restaurant/

350€
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4h personal beginner fusing workshop + your pieces of glass of 15x15 + 1 reproduction on paper 40x40 + breakfast

4h Individual course of fusing
+ Your pieces of 15x15 cm. that you will get home
+ 1 Reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper 40x40cm.
+ 1 good fork breakfast at the Bar Fomento.

450€
1 left (of 2)
Individual course of initiation in the stained glass window of 8h + your pieces of glass of 30x30 + 1 reproduction in paper 40x40 + lunch

Beginning course in the stained glass window of 8h.
+ Your pieces of 30x30cm. that you'll end up.
+ 1 reproduction with some Stained Glass for Democracy dwawing on paper 40x40cm.
+ 1 good lunch at the Restaurant Cal Menut de Belianes.
http://www.calmenut.com/rest

600€
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Drawing a stained glass window with your portrait + 60x60 digital printing + workshop visit + 12 pack postcards

A printout on 60x60 acrylic and aluminium surface with your portrait in the Stained Glass for Democracy style, with the iconographic details that you decide on.
+ Guided visit to the workshop to learn the technique.
+ Pack of 12 postcards to send to those who love you most, in prisons or in exile ...
(Free shipping)

1.500€
2 left (of 2)
Stained glass window with your portrait of 60x60 + guided tour of the workshop + pack of 12 postcards + lunch

A 60x60 framed stained glass window framed in oak wood, with your portrait, in the style of the Stained Glass for Democracy, with the details you want.
+ Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of your stained glass window.
+ Pack of twelve postcards to send to those who love you most, to the political prisoners and exiles...
+ Lunch for two people at the Restaurant Cal Menut de Belianes.
http://www.calmenut.com/restaurant/

2.800€
1 left (of 1)
Stained glass window with 2 pictures of 120x60cm + guided tour at the workshop + pack 12 postcards + lunch

120x60cm stained glass framed in oak wood, including 2 portraits, in the style of the Stained Glass for Democracy, with the details you want.
+ Guided visit to the workshop during the production process of your stained glass window.
+ Pack of twelve postcards to send to those who love you most, to the political prisoners and exiles...
+ Good lunch for two people at the Restaurant Cal Menut de Belianes.
http://www.calmenut.com/restaurant/

3.500€
2 left (of 2)
Stained glass windows for your home + guided tour of the workshop + pack 12 postcards + lunch + cultural visit + wine tasting + hotel night

Your stained glass windows, up to 2 square meters, according to your criteria and the spirit of your home.
+ Private visit to the workshop during the production process of your project.
+ 12 post pack
+ Good lunch for two people at the Restaurant Cal Menut de Belianes.
http://www.calmenut.com/restaurant/
+ Cultural visit through the Vall del Corb: Monestir de Vallbona de les Monges, Guimerà, Les Obagues del Riucorb ...
+ Guided tour and wine tasting at the Cooperativa l'Olivera.
http://olivera.org/php/index.php
+ Hotel night for two people at Cal Menut de Belianes.
http://www.calmenut.com/casa-rural/

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