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Miercurea Ciuc is a Romanian city with a population of 38000 people. A significant proportion of its population are Roman Catholic ethnic Hungarians. Part of their Easter celebrations are participating on the Sunday mass and the consecration of Easter food. For this families attend mass with a basket of Easter Sunday food that will get consecrated before the family consumes it that day. Tha basket usually contains wine, ham, eggs and sweetbread.
In Miercurea Ciuc this event is held in the central square of the city given the very large attendance. This is the largest square in the city, that can host this crowd, standing in orderly lines, waiting for the moment during the mass, when the priests walking amongst the lines would consecrate the baskets. The event is probably the largest of its kind in the region and spectacular given its size and orderliness.
The event represents more than religious significance. The quiet, self-organized lines spanning the entire open space speak about the nature of the community as well. They tell the story of a minority community holding dearly to its traditions, how they connect with their cultural identity and how they act to preserve that.
In 2020, given the Covid-19 pandemic, the event in April was canceled for the first time in many years.
This project choses for its platform the 2020 Consecration of Easter Food, that will never take place. For those people, who couldn't join this year and will never again be able to take their baskets to the central square, it sets a memorial of urban furniture. The ceramic and/or concrete bodies reminescing of Easter baskets of various shapes are placed in a line, so that in future Easters they can represent the eternal participants amongst the queuing people on the celebration of resurrection.
For the other days of the year, they can function as public seating, playground and urban decor elements. The goal is that the objects should be abordable, useable, avoiding any placement that would emphasize distancing. Their irregular shapes are lightening the otherwise angular, rigid design of the square, framed mostly by buildings of the communist era.
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