Sunday, 16 June 2013


Radames 'Juni' Figueroa, Tree House in Naguabo, Puerto Rico

the Tree House is painted in the same colours as the surrounding Eucalyptus forest to camouflage with it

construction process of the Tree House

Radames 'Juni' Figueroa (to the left)

and Radames 'Juni' Figueroa camouflaged with the eucalyptus

Tree House in Naguabo, Puerto Rico
a project by Radames 'Juni' Figueroa

Tree House – Casa Club - was a project developed for the Residency Program La Practica at Beta Local by Radamés “Juni” Figueroa. Figueroa is a Puerto Rican artist who developed a "collage" or architectural assembly made of the site’s timber (El Bosque Auxiliar, Naguabo), as well as materials collected in the city of San Juan. Among the materials employed were wood of various types, glass windows, tropical windows, zinc and plastic roofing, and other discarded materials found throughout the city. With these myriad objects, Radamés Juni built a structure in the forest that serves as a haven to relax, enjoy the scenery, partake of live music and even meditate. Juni Figueroa’s initial idea was to create a space to get away from the city and he thus ventured into the tropical forest. Most materials were transported from the city and, once in the forest, they began to manifest their contrast to the organic state there present. The project's goal from the very beginning was to create said contrast between what is “pure” and the elements that were appropriated and transported from the city. The project could be read both as a sculpture or a painting that has been integrated into the forest. The artist used as a reference for the selection of colors the “psychedelic” tree called Rainbow Eucalyptus, present in the forest. The Grand Opening of the Club House was held last June 8, 2013. It was a sunny day full of magic and the intensity of the forest. A BBQ was held, craft beer was available and two rock and roll local bands performed – Las Ardillas and Reanimadores. As it began getting dark, fireflies emerged and were joined by psychedelic sounds introduced into the forest by Joelito el de Magueyes. The recent opening marked the beginning of a series of events and exhibitions that will be organized by Radamés "Juni" Figueroa in the Tree House – Casa Club.

El Bosque Auxiliar is located on the former San Eloy Estate in Naguabo, Puerto Rico. It is a sustainable forest that manages timber that is employed in cultural endeavors, a project by Luis Agosto Leduc.

This project has been possible thanks to José Hernández Castrodad, Mima and César Reyes, Beta Local, Diego De la Cruz, Luis Agosto Leduc, Tabatha Rosa, Adelaida Ortiz, Francisco Rovira, Jorge González, Karenin Biaggi, Beatriz Santiago, Joel Rodriguez, Giancarlo Cervoni, Reanimadores, Las Ardillas and all the good people who enjoy and live in the Island...

Credits photos: Tony Cruz y Gretchen Ruiz Ramos

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