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The Uruguay garden

Participatory Human Rights artwork created with young people from 56 CECAP Educational Centers, in major cities of the country

30 November 2020
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Tres Cruces, Montevideo

The title of this artwork explains the general framework of the project, which allowed more than 400 young people from 56 CECAP centers – Training and Production Center – to participate in the creation of a collective work in Montevideo.

The design of the artwork is based on the map of the country, which is transformed into a conceptual tree whose branches are roads across the territory. A big tree is thought of as a garden with 30 fruits that are the 30 articles of fundamental rights attached to the 21 main cities of the country. All the organizational work and meeting of these 21 cities and institutions was organized by our local representative Maria Helena Dalla Bona.

Many trips were necessary to present the project on site in the CECAPs and to explain the functioning of our pedagogical kit.

This work is designed as 2 distinct and complementary projects:

1-The paper workshop:
allows you to work with a large number of participants at no cost, as you only need paper and pencils. Several activities can result, including a contest and the selection of the best drawings. Each school will organize an exhibition of all students’ paintings and the authors of the best drawings win the opportunity to make the ceramic project in Montevideo. See our pedagogical kit available for free access here.

2-The ceramic workshop and design of a public artwork: 
We found enough public and private funds to bring the winning students to Montevideo by bus from the participating schools. Two students from the Montevideo School of Art painted the basic structure of the work according to the artist’s drawing. Then, during a 3-day workshop led by our team, the young students painted their drawings on ceramic tiles. The work was then installed permanently on a public wall of the Tres Cruces bus station. Information available upon request by email.


Françoise Schein
Maria Helena Dalla Bona
Aida Perez Conde and Florencia Pilatti, artistic assistants of EUCD – Fine Arts University School
Clara Esmoris, photographe


Unesco of Uruguay
MEC- Ministry of Education and Culture
French Embassy
CECAP – Training and production center
CECAP of the 21 cities of : Artigas, Barros Blancos, Colonia, Dolores, Durazno, Florida, Fray Bentos, La Paz, Las Piedras, Maldonado, Minas, Melo, Montevideo, Paso Carrasco, Paysandu, Rivera, Salto, Santa Catalina, Tioledo, Teinta y Tres, Young, Tioledo, Teinta y Tres, Tioledo, Teinta y Tres


Terminal Tres Cruces de Montevideo
OLMOS céramicas
WBI Wallonie Brussels International
Grupo Agencia Central


Françoise Schein
Maria Helena Dalla Bona

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