‘ultreia’ by jorge manes, 2010

london-based spanish designer jorge manes recently spent 2 weeks cycling the el camino de santiago route in spain. responding to the ancient path’s recent commercialization, manes built a portable and self-sustainable factory that he towed along to make objects that took advantage of the specific locations, industries and people encountered on the route. ultreia, as the project was called, utilized a  rotational moulding machine powered by the movement of the bike to create the designs. manes also towed along a tent and a solar panel to allow him to become completely self-sustainable for the journey. here is a selection of picture from the project and some of the objects manes created. the whole project is currently on display at the royal college of art in london.

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jorge manes: ultreia‘ultreia’ by jorge manes, 2010

jorge manes: ultreia‘ultreia’ by jorge manes, 2010

jorge manes: ultreia‘ultreia’ by jorge manes, 2010

jorge manes: ultreia

‘la copa del rey’ from the series ultreia by jorge manes, 2010

moanes created a small replica of the ‘la copa del rey’ football trophy to rematch the atletico de madrid and sevilla cf match played on may 19, 2010, since his team (madrid) lost 2-0. the trophies were given out in estella after an improvised football game with the towns children.

jorge manes: ultreia

‘sarracin’ from the series ultreia by jorge manes, 2010

sarracin castle is located on the top of a big hill and was used as a fortress. after climbing the hill, manes used the downward journey to mold a series of bio-resin lamps that incorporate unusual plants he found inside the castle.

jorge manes: ultreia

‘skycatcher’ from the series ultreia by jorge manes, 2010

this objects was created after the trip to  contain the sky that manes saw duing his trip. it consists of a backlit wooden box engraved with the star constellations in the sky that were once used as a navigation method along the trail. the light is run on the leftover batteries from the trip, which will eventually run out. 

jorge manes: ultreia

‘supermarket baseball cap’ from the series ultreia by jorge manes, 2010

after observing some local woman shading themselves from the sun using the local supermarket flyer, manes create a baseball hat that would serve the same purpose.

jorge manes: ultreia

‘guendulain castle’ from the series ultreia by jorge manes, 2010

guendulain used to be a resting spot for pilgrims traveling the el camino, but has since seen better days. manes invited a  group of italian pilgrims he met on the road to enjoy local food and wine served in a unique ceramics produced in the nearby village of navarrete.