Monumento Alharilla

Project: Monument to Ntra. Sra. de Alharilla. Patrona de Porcuna.
Location: Porcuna (Jaén)
Start date: Built.
Architect: Pablo Manuel Millan Millan
Developer: Ilustre Ayuntamiento de Porcuna; Parroquia Ntra. Sra. de la Asunción de Porcuna; Hermandad Matriz de Ntra. Sra. de Alharilla.
Sculptor: Manuel López Pérez
Cantero: Francisco Miguel Aguilera Casado

To think, to draw and to construct a monument for the patron of all the porcuneros is one of the majors honors that one can have. The project revolves around three key elements: location, design and materiality. The positioning in front of these three conditions is what has finally resulted in a monument with a monumental scale.

The chosen location places it in a wide environment between two squares, the Plaza de Andalucía and the Porcuna Square for Peace. A space of these dimensions requires an important scale that emphasizes its presence in a context as open as this. The square is undoubtedly the most important place of our town. In front of the Parish and the Town Hall, it is an almost obligatory step in the day to day of the porcuneros. Therefore, locating our patroness here will help us to have her more present even if it fits.

Its design represents in scale a Roman column of Corinthian style found in the excavations of San Benito and whose capital is guarded in the archaeological museum. Since the monument reproduces canonically a classical architectural element, all measures are determined and have been carried out strictly. Looking for the heritage reference in a monument in Porcuna is almost obligatory and I believe that with the reproduction of this architectural element is evident.

The material used for its construction is stone and bronze, two elements that have been present in the monumental architecture since antiquity. It is important to observe how the oldness of both materials together, not only does not detract from value but, on the contrary, accentuates its own monumental aesthetics. For all this, its implementation allows us to speak of transcendence in time, since its durability guarantees its presence, as the psalm says, “for years without term.”