The fact of the public embracing the amorphous reticulated structure is highly paradoxical, since the Parasol itself had been the focus of intense polemic in the city. Its poor material execution was out of kilter with the excessive and growing financial budget for its construction, which brought the local authority to the brink of bankruptcy. It is paradoxical, as I say, that in a country experiencing the convulsions of a profound economic crisis, with an unprecedented unemployment rate, that the so-called Spanish Spring, largely linked to the battle against job insecurity and the poor economic situation in the country, should have chosen Mayer's ruinous mushrooms as one of the main places from which to launch its protests in Seville. However, perhaps it was because the demonstrators were aiming at something else, a broader horizon for discussion that could ignore the pettiness of the budget adjustments of any particular government.
Dynamically active thanks to its location, the square has the potential to emerge as a crucible of different overlapping lifestyles, the clear manifestation of the plural nature of contemporary urban life.
Francisco González de Canales