The former Cristasa glassworks in Gijón, Asturias, is an important heritage site for us. It currently houses the company residence center where we started our activity. Inaugurated in 1910 as a factory for the production of glass for decorative, artistic and luxury uses, during the Spanish Civil War it was a prison and field hospital. Perhaps that is why it is inhabited by ghosts, although we have not yet seen them. Taking into account its past and the fact that it is located in an urban environment, we decided to give it a more natural soul by combining it with an impressionist landscape painting by Claude Monet.
This collection turns some of the most representative elements of the Spanish industrial heritage into artworks. We combine images of each heritage element with the textures of different art masterpieces using a neural style transfer algorithm to generate compositions of approximately 600x480 pixels. Each image is combined with different textures to show multiple aesthetic interpretations of the same location by modifying the starting images and weight parameter of each style. We also do this by presenting different points of view of some of the locations. Several of the buildings or places in the collection have been chosen as a result of their unique characteristics that are explained in the descriptions of the creations that are part of the collection.
This collection has been created with funding from "Ayudas para la modernización e innovación de las industrias culturales y creativas 2022-Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte" from the Spanish Government.
Proyecto financiado con las ayudas para la modernización e innovación de las industrias culturales y creativas
correspondientes al año 2022 del Ministerio de Cultura y Deporte.