Espacio Cultural El Tanque: The Tank

16 Feb
The Tank, Cultural Space in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Oil tank converted to performance, exhibit spaceThe Tank, Cultural Space, Oil tank converted to performance, exhibit space, Canary IslandsThe Tank, Cultural Space in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Oil tank converted to performance, exhibit spaceClick to enlarge

Though they are celebrating their fifteenth anniversary this year, Espacio Cultural El Tanque de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, is news to me and, judging from my googling, might be news to many. Menis Arquitectos transformed the old oil tank, the last of its type in the formerly industrial landscape, into an ever-changing cultural space used to display art installations as well as a performance venue for concerts. 50 meters in diameter and 20 meters in height, the tank has a temple-like quality. An old train car is used as the entrance ramp adding to the drama of the space. That, combined with the impressive installations and lighting of the space make it a cool-looking destination for anyone heading to Tenerife.

Photos: Colin Kirby, omarnahas’s flickr, encarneviva’s flickr, georgepompidou’s flickr,  Hisao Suzuki, and Teresa Arozena

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