International Competition ‘From limit to live it’

From Limit To Live It

The construction of the wall that circumscribes the old city of Segovia goes back to the Celtiberian period. Although there is no precise data regarding the year of its creation, the several cultures that have inhabited its interior have left their imprints. Ancient tombstones, game boards, old lintels and vestiges of arches, are only some of the many stones that, piece by piece have formed a wall that constitutes a magnificent exhibition of the city’s rich history.

From the middle of the 19th-century and into the early 20th-century, the walls that surrounded Spanish cities began to be considered not only as obsolete elements but also as obstacles for the development of modern urbanism, according to a new conception of the spatial and hygienic conditions of the city. In this context, many Spanish cities demolished their walls either totally or in part. In Segovia, the wall remained standing and complete, becoming one of only three in Spain that still exists as a witness of its past and its character.

Beginning in the year 2007, the City of Segovia, through its Council of Historical Patrimony, has developed several rehabilitation projects with the goal of restoring the original magnificence of the wall as well as its cultural value. Despite the many efforts to recover its physical integrity, and its presence as a living part of the city, the wall, especially on its north side, remains largely invisible.


The International Competition FROM LIMIT TO LIVE IT, organized by The City of Segovia, in collaboration with IE University and the IE d-lab, called for an artistic intervention on the north surface with light aimed to recover the wall as memory. Teams from 28 countries developed proposals that were presented to an internationally renowned jury of professionals, which selected three prizes and ten honorable mentions. This exhibition is the display of the many projects received, proposals to transform the north wall from a forgotten limit to a living part of the 21th-Century Segovia.


From December 4th to January 31th in the normal schedule of the museum. Check here