Description of the activity
Ribes Roges tower was built in the third part of the 19th century and it’s the only one remaining of the three towers that belonged to Vilanova’s navy last fortified precinct.
Josep Guinovart’s work in the Ribes Roges tower is shaped as the artist’s homage to those, that in some way, are related to the sea, and the same sea as an element of the human landscape. Complementary to the one in Vilanova i la Geltrú, Guinovart has set a similar installation in Agramunt.
The tower has a circular structure and it is formed by three storeys and a flat roof. Each storey is decorated with elements related with the marine universe.
In the ground floor, we can distinguish different motifs, real and imaginary, that shape the sea’s epic memory. Pirates, shipwrecks and tragedies that happened near the region’s large sandy grounds and Garraf’s cliffs, have been etched in the popular memory and remade by the artist’s genius.
The second floor, full of sailing knots and mirror games, symbolizes the effort and the toughness of the works of fishermen and sailors.
The third storey is summarized in a bright and colourful homage to a large range of local and universal artists, that have made their work go by throw the watery Mediterranean paths.
A spiral staircase leads us to the terrace in the flat roof. Guinovart invites the visitors to enjoy the sea, the promenade and the lighthouse. The tower is crowned with a weather-vane shaped as a ship with constellations