Artist duo Los Carpinteros created the Güiro art bar commissioned by Absolut Art Bureau for the 2012 Art Basel Miami Beach show.

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Project description

The title of the work, Güiro, is the name of a traditional Cuban percussion instrument made from the shell of a dried tropical fruit. This dried fruit has also had many other functions within Cuban culture, as a container for food, and as a drinking vessel. The word Güiro is also a word used in Cuban slang to connote a party. The Güiro represents many fundamental aspects of life; the rhythm of music, the sharing of food and drink, and the euphoria of celebration. The slatted oval-shaped building will be lit from within, emphasizing its grid structure and making it a glowing beacon of light in the surrounding area. The rectangular openings in the slatted walls function as seating for visitors, while a centrally positioned circular bar will serve a range of Absolut cocktails. From here, the bartenders have an absolute panoptic overview of the whole space. Many institutional buildings such as libraries, schools and prisons use the concept of the panopticon in order to optimize the surveillance of the building and the individuals who use it. The Güiro has been designed with this purpose in mind, linking this newly created structure with previous works in which Los Carpinteros have investigated issues of surveillance and power.

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Design: Los Carpinteros

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