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Showing Revision 4 created 11/04/2012 by SarahP.

  1. La Boca, Buenos Aires.
  2. Famous for its brightly-coloured buildings, la Boca is a vibrant, romantic district with a strong community of artists.

  3. [group plays traditional Argentinean music]
  4. Cristina Therzhagi, an artist who specialises in public art, has decided to paint a mural in La Boca.
  5. To familiarise herself with the area, she meets with local painter, Alberto Gini.
  6. This freight train that passes through the district is a reminder of its industrial past, but today it sells art.
  7. - It is really beautiful, El Caminito.
  8. - It is, isn't it? These are all primary colours, they're really strong.
  9. [Bandoneón music. Graffiti behind child reads: "Boca Lovers' Carnival Club".
  10. - This is where the kids come to play, as you can see.
  11. It used to be a field where they kept animals. Now it's cemented over, but it's still the same district.
  12. Football is the great passion of La Boca. The area is home to one of the most famous clubs in Argentina, Boca Juniors.
  13. All the children dream of becoming famous and following in the footsteps of their heroes.
  14. [Sound of crowd cheering]
  15. The stadium, La Bombonera, dominates La Boca and the river Riachuelo.
  16. Once it was a thriving port, but now only a few cargo ships call there.
  17. The other boats, rusted relics of a bygone era, form a dramatic backdrop to La Boca.
  18. - People here are proud of their district, aren't they?
  19. Yes, of course, they're very proud of it.
  20. Many people have fallen in love on the banks of this river and some of us continue to dream.
  21. So I wish you the very best of luck with this new step you're take here in this area.
  22. While Cristina and Alberto decide on the best place for the mural,
  23. further up the river another artist is on a very different quest.
  24. I live here, close to the banks for the La Plata River, in the north of the province of Buenos Aires, in San Isidro.
  25. We have the whole riverfront here, which is very rich in water-loving plants, such as reeds, rushes and willows.
  26. I can find and collect these by walking along the river bank.
  27. I don't cut any plants. I look for the ones that have fallen already.
  28. Plants that have fallen by themselves and dried out.
  29. They are ideal for recycling.
  30. Everything is about one's roots.
  31. So I have a close connection with water, with the river, with boats.
  32. I grew up here, so it's part of my life.
  33. And I think that comes through in my work.
  34. I tend to use plant fibres - cane, all kinds of waste plant materials.
  35. They are materials that I have to hand.
  36. They aren't things that I have to go out and buy. I just find them.
  37. I even have some people, neighbours who know about my passion for recycling,
  38. and they will phone me after they've tidied up their gardens
  39. to give me their garden waste.
  40. - Hi Mariana - Hi Sisi, how are you? Come in. Thanks.
  41. - I brought you some cuttings that you might be able to use.
  42. Fantastic. They're really great.
  43. - This is ash. That's great for my work.
  44. - Great, the next time I cut them back I'll bring them to you.
  45. - I really appreciate this. Remember - don't throw them away! Bye, see you!
  46. My creative process starts with a period of analysing the idea.
  47. It's a passive period, more peaceful, of meditation, analysis, preparatory drawings.
  48. It's a time when I even have ideas that have nothing to do with the finished work of art.
  49. It's a way of nourishing myself with different ways of seeing things.
  50. For me, the ideal working environment is one with some background music.
  51. I like to listen to radio, to Radio Nacional, which plays classical music.
  52. It's very soothing. I am fascinated by music, further it distracts me totally.
  53. So I have this calm, solitary working routine.
  54. [Orchestra playing classical music]
  55. If I find the exact material that I want to work with, then I start to construct the work.
  56. I start right away on the basic form.
  57. It's quite a fast process because of all the thinking that's already gone on.
  58. I build it using the natural materials that I have chosen specifically for that piece of work.
  59. [Orchestra plays classical music]
  60. I relax by taking a short break, maybe ten minutes, while the work is drying,
  61. and I go out for a walk around the garden, maybe with my dog or my parrot.
  62. It's a way of relaxing, of connecting with nature, breathing fresh air, seeing how my plants are doing.
  63. I check on the plants constantly, it's a kind of obsession.
  64. It's something that helps me to go back to work refreshed.
  65. If I had to sum up what characterises my work,
  66. I'd say it is about the pleasure of it, for me,
  67. and maybe I hope that other people will read that message in my work
  68. that they will feel something when they look at it.