Artist María Gimeno (Zamora, 1970), collaborating with Justin Randolph Thomas, pondered the passage of time in Unwoven/Destejido an initiative developed in Grassy Gran Via 1. For more than two hours Gimeno unravelled a crochet piece from around the shop columns, above Grassy’s clock museum. Action began after a few minutes observation. Gimeno pulled the thread while Justin strummed on his guitar reinterpreting “ The Captain hollers hurry, I take my time, he’s making money and I’m making time”. The piece unravelled little by little, the woven words disappeared while Gimeno threw out the questions: “Am I going back in time?” “Am I losing my time?” The woolen piece was getting smaller and the ball of wool was growing and becoming heavier.
Nuria Mora’s (Madrid 1974) paintings on the outside shutters of the jewelry shop in Gran Via 1 could be seen from November to February 2015. The artist has been decorating the streets of an array of towns with her atypical grafitis, she had the urge to leave her imprint on Grassy’s facade in a somewhat secret way as her work was only visible when the shop was closed and until it reopened. The abstract geometric figures executed in unexpectedly combined bright flat colours were the stars of this intervention that added a note of light and happiness to this part of the street.
Fuego Frío (Cold fire) was an installation for the Gran Via 1 building facade by Eugenio Ampudia (Melgar, Valladolid, 1958). Executed in collaboration with Max Estrella art gallery. The intervention took place on the 2nd of December 2009 during an opening party for the Rolex Rotunda. Virtually simulating the building on fire, inspired on a Futurist Manifesto by Marinetti which read “let us burn the libraries (…)because the ashes shall be the fertilizer for the new seeds.” Photo by: Pedro Martinez Albornoz.