The phenomenon of having hills of different colors occurs in a few countries. Peru is one of them.
In Cusco, near the Asungate mountain –a mountain which is also considered an Apu or a deity in the Andean world–, the Winikunka or Hill of Seven Colours stands 100 kilometres away from the city of Cusco, located at an altitude of 5,200 meters above sea level. It is a mountainous formation dyed in various shades as a result of the complex compositions of minerals. The geographical area belongs to the people of Pitumarca who calls it the 'Cerro Colorado'.
The Hill of Seven Colours is located in the middle of the lands of the mine “Camino Minerals Corporation” (Canada). Three years ago, it was declared a Natural Historic Monument, preventing this natural landscape formation from disappearing. However, such protection was given due to tourism interests and not exactly because of its cultural significance.
On the other hand, the Hill of Seven Colours (sometimes also called the Rainbow hill) is a phenomenon that can be understood as a result of global warming. Global warming has considerable effects in the Andes. The glacial retreat from the Cordillera Vilcanota, where the Rainbow Mountain is located, has diminished substantially in more than a third. UNESCO has even warned in a statement released in 2018, of these worrying effects for Perú –one of most vulnerable countries in the world regarding climate change– which has seemed half of its glaciers gone in the last late four decades.
What would the coloured stratigraphic scale of the Hill of Seven Colours will look like in a thousand years from now? How would it be modified by pollution and thaw?
Through a visual software based on visual nodes, the colours of the scale are modified by three factors: thaw, oxidation and time. This generated data generates is then applied into a new textile pattern.
At the formal level I would work with a technique based on a 4-wheel loom, wired cooper and wool balls from natural dyes. My intention is to locate such ancestral knowledge within the present context, making it relevant today by reflecting on the devastating effects of climate change.ç
Materials:Copper wire, natural alpaca wool, vicuña and artificial wool.
Technique: 4-wheel fabric and waist loom.
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