Since then, the Beniarjo exhibition hall has hosted, since February 2, an artistic installation to raise awareness about the need to adapt to extreme weather events due to climate change. The installation was funded by the European project The Hut, which studies how to deal with extreme weather events at eight universities and 20 climate centers in Europe. The Universitat Politècnica, a member of the consortium, is studying how to adapt to heat waves and drought in the Valencian Community.
The artistic installation was built with elements kept from another artistic installation, which was destroyed by an extreme wind event caused by the superstorm Ciarán in November 2023. This installation, entitled ‘Welcome to 2050’, inaugurated on October 25 at the Botanical Garden of the University of Valencia, is a recreation of the climate of Valencia. for 25 years.
It consists of an artistic intervention in a completely closed polycarbonate greenhouse, which concentrates the sun’s heat so that visitors can experience the expected increase in temperature in the coming years. A bed of dry leaves appeals to the senses of smell and hearing to discuss the problem of drought through the fragrance and trembling of the leaves. The installation is completed with a liquid landscape of fabric, which is expected to discolor due to exposure to the sun during the two months that the piece will remain in the Botanical Garden of Valencia.
Welcome to 2050 is a project by the artist Salva Mascarell, developed together with Master of Design Engineering students. It is curated by master’s professor Consuelo Esteve.
Added to the installation, which opened Beniarjo, was an exhibition of the series of works included under the title “minimal ecology,” which was developed by the Art and Environment research group of the Polytechnic University of Valencia. The exhibition consists of about 50 visual works that are mostly made by women.
The inauguration will take place on February 2 at 7 p.m. at the Vicent Vidal Miñana exhibition hall in Beniarjo and will be open until the 25th of the same month.
TheHut is a project funded by the European Union involving ten areas of the European territory where scientists, technicians, climate experts, politicians, and the European community are testing new ways to limit the risks associated with climate change, such as droughts, floods, forest fires, or heat waves.
Countries where research is being done on the effects of climate change in some areas of the European Union are Spain, Italy, Lithuania, Germany, Iceland, Hungary, Great Britain, and Switzerland.
In Spain, there are two territories where research is carried out, and one of them is in Valencia, where they focus on studying measures against drought and heat waves.
The consortium created by The Hut brings together seven universities, among them the Universitat Politècnica de Valencia. There are also more than 20 foundations and centers dedicated to the study of climate change in Europe.