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Alfombrismo: Ephimeral Art Utopia


The way in which we experience public space is closely related to the sociocultural and environmental conditions of the context.
Similar to the garden – in the strict philosophical sense- Traditional Tapestry ephemeral art represents a utopia; it stands for an aesthetic theory of beauty and a vision of happiness. Traditional ephemeral art is conceptualized as a utopian space where diverse elements, people, as well as a wide variety of activities converge; those are the ones who transform reality through cultural expression, exploring habits and values which pursue a common goal in a livingly way, and improve social coexistence.
Tapestry ephemeral art temporarily and actively transforms their surroundings. It is in that public space where it is embraced that a dialogue is modelled; a dialogue where not only formal appearance but also designing constructive one converge, as an artistic, philosophical, and spiritual expression of its community itself. 
Such artistic intervention allows physical proximity; in a whole overview vision of urban context, design displays Mexican art values and transforms public space. The greater the proximity, the greater the change in the scale of the work, therefore, it is possible to feel immersed in the piece and identify the natural material, which in its arrangement and place, reveals the garden utopia –symbol of harmony between itself and the atmosphere portrayed in a living work of art. 
Nowadays, the isolated streets in many different parts of the world reflect a universal reality which urges a re-connection with the natural environment to which we belong, as well as a transformation of the sociocultural interactions that emerge from responsibility, equality and the common good.

Pages:245 to 258
Section: Portfolio
How to Cite
Lira Carmona, J. (2020) “Alfombrismo: Ephimeral Art Utopia”, The Journal of Public Space, 5(4), pp. 245-258. doi:

Author Biography

José Alejandro Lira Carmona was born in Mexico City, he studied Architecture at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) and a master's degree in Landscape Architecture at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM). His work has focused on developing integral concepts of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design and thematic architecture, he has also ventured into other branches of design with his excellent graphic skills and concepts that respond to aesthetic, social and environmental needs. He has directed Estudio Lira since 2005. Multidisciplinary workspace dedicated to the development of comprehensive projects. He has participated from 1973 to 2006, in the manufacture of Traditional Tapestry of Ephemeral Art from Huamantla, with his father the Master Tapestry´s artist José “Pepe” Lira. Since 2007, he is recognized by the community as a Master Tapestry´s artist of Huamantla, since this year he has dedicated himself to the conceptualization, design and manufacture of Traditional Tapestry of Ephemeral Art in Mexico and various places abroad. In 2014 he created Alfombristas Mexicanos, with the vision of “preserving, rescuing, disseminating and promoting Traditional Tapestry as an expression of ephemeral art that explores popular and collective art, to create works that transmit messages of culture, the environmental and social environment of a community".


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