Lake On Fire Explosives Intervention in the sculpture The Goddess or The Enigma
In this further version of the work produced to meet the commission from Barcelona City Hall, Clarà removed all the superfluous elements belonging to the original piece in order to bring out the purely sculptural properties of the figure. Pursuing the process of formal simplification he had undertaken in preceding years, when his work conformed more closely to the classical precepts of Noucentisme, Clarà brought his attention to bear on the essence of sculpture to achieve his own personal and refined interpretation of the female body. The outcome was this goddess of rounded forms and contained sensuality whose great physical vigour serves to ennoble the grandeur of a body modelled with a highly structured architectonic sense. The passive and distant attitude of the figure likewise reflects the characteristics of Clarà's work at a time when he was at the height of his powers.
In short, "The Goddess" is the best-known of all Clarà's works and the one that best represents the profoundly Mediterranean canon of ideal beauty as conceived by this sculptor. Its location in such a prominent central area of the city and its proximity to the viewer have helped to make it one of the iconographic symbols of Barcelona.
Spray can makes the weight suspended from a pivot so that it can swing freely. When a pendulum is displaced sideways from its resting equilibrium position, it is subject to a restoring force due to gravity that will accelerate it back toward the equilibrium position. A extra power ( Fire ) change the rules, caused impulses creating a irregular motion of the pendulum.
Cual máquina de Rude Goldberg esta obra se plantea como un serie de mecanismos que manipulan la dualidad del control de la maquina versus el descontrol del fuego.
Como efecto global vemos que la acción del fuego imprime su rastro en los muros y en el suelo, destruyendo a la vez que construye, cual entidad consciente. Su paso, aunque predeterminado, no pierde su violencia y expresa su belleza a través de un rastro de cenizas y hollín: Una imagen pintada por la acción del fuego, creación primitiva que evoca el mito de Prometeo. El Fuego como dador de conocimiento.