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Morille (Municipality, Castilla y León, Spain)

Last modified: 2019-06-26 by ivan sache
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Presentation of Morille

The municipality of Morille (249 inhabitants in 2009; 2,294 ha; municipal website) is located 20 km of Salamanca.

Morille increased its population up to 1,000 in the 1950s, when mines of tungsten (scheelite, CaWO4) and tin were exploited. The mining activity stopped in the 1970s.
The Salamanca-based artist Domingo Sánchez Blanco and the late poet and architect Javier Utray have founded in Morille the Art Cemetery. Considered as a "museum-mausoleum" or a "concave museum", the Art Cemetery is the repository for artworks that are buried there ceremoniously. The cemetery was inaugurated on 17 December 2005 with the burial of a Pontiac Grand Prix 1972 once owned by Utray and of the ashes of the painter and writer Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001, Balthus' brother). On 14 February 2009, the playwright and painter Fernando Arrabal (b. 1932) buried in Morille an original, hand-written work of his own; he required parts of his ashes to be buried in the Art Cemetery.

Ivan Sache, 9 December 2010

Symbols of Morille

The flag and arms (photo) of Morille are prescribed by a Decree adopted on 16 June 2005 by the Municipal Council, signed on 26 October 2005 by the Mayor, and published on 11 November 2005 in the official gazette of Castilla y León, No. 218, p. 19,412 (text).
The symbols are described as follows:

Flag: Quadrangular, vertically divided gules and vert, in the middle the private coat of arms of the [Municipal] Council.
Coat of arms: Per pale, 1. Right (or dexter) a mill wheel or ensigned by a cauldron sable overflowing with ore, 2. Sinister (or left), gules five lilies argent, Grafted in base azure a St. James' scallop [Crown not mentioned].

Ivan Sache, 9 December 2010