Vidi Aquam egredientem de tempolo, a latere dextro, Alleluia:
Et Omnes ad quos Pervenit aqua ista, salvi facti sunt,
Et dicent: Alleluia, alleluia!
I saw water flowing from the right hand side of the temple, alleluia.
And all those to whom this water came
Were saved, and shall say, alleluia, alleluia!
“The magnificent Naranjos Courtyard of the Mezquita di Cordoba, takes my breath away. Its simplicity, its scale and its assured serenity are ancient, beloved symbols of the beautiful city of Cordoba. To be invited to add to something that is already perfect, is both humbling and daunting in equal measure. So I wanted to tread lightly… both environmentally and aesthetically. I wanted our design to reflect the spiritual and the secular; the purity of faith and the needs of a country and a world recovering from a devastating pandemic, and facing environmental catastrophe.
Water has played an essential role in this courtyard since its creation. In both Islam and Christianity water symbolizes purity and life, redemption and salvation.
These pools and canals of water are drawn from the ancient wells of the cathedral-mezquita.
They echo the existing Moorish designs from the Mezquita’s Islamic past, but run west to east in the current Christian tradition; uniting both faiths respectfully and harmoniously.
The metal they are made of will be recycled after the festival.
In them we have placed thousands of red carnations, a flower with long associations to Spain and especially to Cordoba. These flower are grown in Andalucia, so they are of its own soil and carry the lowest carbon footprint possible in this place.
We invite you to come and place one in the pool in memory of someone you know who died in the pandemic; and when you leave, take with you some comfort and strength from this ancient place of succor.
A setting of the Easter antiphon, Vidi Aquam, by the Spanish 16th Century composer, Tomás Luis de Victoria plays constantly, to remind us of the many centuries of faith and devotion that built this extraordinarily beautiful place of worship”.