On this page we offer direct links to VIDEOS on YouTube
about the Segovia Mint

          1.  Murray on Castilla and Leon Television
          2. Mayor Arahuetes recieves Alonso Zamora´s project
          3. Murray removes a television from the river
          4. Abandoned state of the river by the Mint
          5. Local press visits and photographs the Mint
19-july-2010
9-september-2010
11-september-2010
16-september-2010
20-september-2010

 


5. OFFICIAL VISIT
TO THE MINT RECONSTRUCTION
PROJECT FOR THE LOCAL PRESS
[20-sept-2010]

On this press oriented visit to the Mint reconstruction project, without representatives of the other two Administrations which participate in the project (Ministry of Housing and Assembly of Castile and Leon), or the architects of the project, the mayor of Segovia, Pedro Arahuetes, promises to inaugurate the Mint Museum in spring of 2011, something which seems impossible since a full 20% of the reconstruction still remains to be finished.  The remaining parts to be finished are almost all related to the fact that the mayor has refused to dredge the river, something which the architects, more than ten years ago, insisted be undertaken before the start up of the reconstruction, and which still has not been done.

1.  The mayor of Segovia, Pedro Arahuetes, speaks about the progress of the Mint reconstruction project, promising to inaugurate the Mint Museum in spring of 2011, (just before municipal elections).  [4:58 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

2.  Alonso Zamora explains his proposals for the modifications of the General Museum Project presented in 2004.  [6:40 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

3.  The visit begins on the upper patio level of the Mint, from where the guests enter the building through the door to the ticket office of the future museum.   [1:20 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

4.  The guests go down the staircase from the reception room to the upper floor of the future museum.  [0:32 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

5. The guests visit both both rooms on the upper floor of the future museum, pausing to look down through a cut out section of the floor to view where the coining workshops will be located with the machinery powered by waterwheels.  [0:56 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

6.  The guests walk down the staircase at the end of the building and visit both rooms on the lower floor of the future museum where the coining workshops will be located.  Here we see a gaping hole in the still unfinished flooring, problems pending the dredging of the river which has delayed the conclusion of the reconstruction in this part of the building.  [1:20 mins]  SEE VIDEO

7.  The guests visit the foundry room of the Cultural building on the upper patio level.  [1:05 mins]  SEE VIDEO

8. The guests visit the attic of the Cultural building.  [0:47 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

9.  The guests visit the upper patio level of the Mint complex.  [0:48 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

10.  The guests visit the waterwheel patio, where they see the old turbine which was salvaged from the flour mill which operated in the Mint after its closure.  Here we can see that the reconstruction has barely begun, delayed by the problems caused by not having dredged the river before the start of the project, and which still has not been done.  [0:38 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

11.  The guests view the patio of the future restaurant by the river.  They see the construction of a protection wall being built to defend the restaurant flood waters.  Also evident is the general abandoned state of the river, with dead trees still not removed and deposits of sediment and stones which impede its flow.  Here it is obvious that the reconstruction project is still far from being completed.   [0:51 mins.] SEE VIDEO


4. ABANDONED STATE OF THE RIVER
AS IT FLOWES BY THE MINT
CAUSING FLOODING
[16-sept-2010]

Glenn Murray explains in 8 videos the problem points in the Eresma River next to and down river from the Mint.  The architects of the reconstruction project insisted in their Basic (1998) and Execution (2004) Plans, on thaving the river dredged BEFORE the start up of the reconstruction. But the mayor of Segovia, for electoral reasons in his 2007 campaign for a second term in office, rushed the start up of the works, ignoring the problems caused by the river.  Now, with the reconstruction almost completed, he still has not taken any measures to dredge the river.  The damages and delays caused by the great flood of January 2009 have been calculated at around 1.5 million euros.

1.   The visit starts at the weir, or dam, of the Mint, where the abundant vegetation on the sluice gates and canals attests to the abandonment of the historic hydraulic structure.  We also see a new island, complete with trees, which has formed at the base of the dam and impedes the correct flow of the river in flood stages.  [1:08 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

2.  Facing the patio of the future Mint restaurant across the river, we can see sediment and stone deposits in the river bed, as well as dead trees and other vegetation which have not been removed and are obviously in the way of ongoing work, which is part of an extra emergency project being undertaken because the river was not dredged, requiring the unforseen expenditure of an additional 1.5 million euros.  [1:17 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

3.  Facing the balcony of the Mint's fishing pavillion across the river, we can see the outlet of the historic drainage conduit which runs beneath the length of the building.  This conduit worked properly for centuries, but now due to the sediments and deposits which block the river,  it acts as an entrance for water into the complex when the river floods. We can also see a new peninsula, complete with vegetation, which has developed immediately down river from the Mint.   [0:59 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

4.  View of the new peninsula just down river from the Mint and which seriously affects its flow during flooding.  The Public Defender has accused the mayor, Pedro Arahuetes, of negligence in maintenence of the river.  [0:41 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

5.  Stretch of the river between the Castellana Bridge and the sewer crossing in the San Marcos neighborhood.  The river level we see here, and which reaches the Mint, has its origins at the confluence of the Clamores River, 150 meters down river from the sewer crossing.  [0:56 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

6.  This video starts at the base of the world famous Alcazar Castle, where the main problem which causes the river to back up all the way to the Mint, can be seen.  Excess stones and dirt were left in the confluence of the Clamores with the Eresma Rivers by an improperly finished project nearly 20 years ago, when the Clamores was enclosed in a tunnel.  This is where the stones and vegetation squeeze the entire Eresma down to nearly 2 meters in width, causing the back up of water which reaches the Mint.  [1:41 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

7. This area, where the Eresma River is reduced to 2 meters wide, forms a dam which backs the water level up to the Mint during flooding.  The level which the river reaches can be seen if you notice the trash and old plastic bags trapped in the tree on the left towards the end of the video.   [1:29 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

8.  Finally, approximately 700 meters down river from the Mint, in this video we see the lower end of the area where the river is greatly reduced in width.  The stretch which urgently needs to be dredged ends here, at the spot where thousands of tourists stop on the great lawn of San Marcos to have their picture taken with the Alcazar Castle above; that "postcard" view that everyone would recognize.   [1:02 mins.]  SEE VIDEO


3. EMPHASIZING THE ABANDONED
STATE OF THE RIVER, GLENN MURRAY
REMOVES AN OLD TELEVISION FROM
THE ERESMA AND TAKES IT TO
THE RECYCLING CENTER [11-sept-2010]

After having informed authorities for months about a TV which someone had apparently tossed into the river, Murray, in less that a minute, removed the festering box of contaminents and took it to the recycling station.  This all happened right beneath the famous Alcazar castle, in a World Heritage site. Sadly, authorities have maintained this as the only 700 meter urban stretch of the Eresma which has never benefited from any type of river maintenence or conservation project.  These three videos were filmed by our camera man Nick Murray on September 11, 2010.  

1.  Glenn Murray declares that "rivers are our friends, we must papmer and take care of them".  Then he hops down into the river and pulls the TV, dripping of contaminants, from the water. [1:15 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

2.  Back on dry land, Murray shows the inside of the broken-screen TV, with its electronic components oozing a rust colored toxic.  [0:47 mins.]  SEE VIDEO

3.  Finally at the recycling station, Murray walks the TV into a container bin full of similar objects...  which hadn't been fished from the river of course, exclaiming that this is where such things belong.   [0:56 mins.] SEE VIDEO


2. PRESS CONFERENCE BY THE MAYOR ANNOUNCING THE MUSEUM PROJECT AND UPCOMING MINT VISIT [09-sept-2010]

1.  Mayor Pedro Arahuetes announces that Alonso Zamora has finally turned in his proposals (in the mayor's hands in the above photo) to modify the General Museum Project of 2004.  The day counter which "Ceca Segovia" had  posted on facebook had reached 1.005 days (2 years, 9 months).  Arahuetes promises that Zamora's proposals will be made public in October: "given to the press and logically to all segovians so that they can analize or study or simply see," and repeats "October" 4 times.  SEE VIDEO

2. Another video about the same press conference regarding the proposals of Alonso Zamora for the Mint Museum Project, this one with an analysis by Glenn Murray and his criticism of the procedures of the Segovia Mint Foundation regarding this matter.  SEE VIDEO

3.  Mayor Pedro Arahuetes announces an upcoming visit to the Mint so that the local press can see the progress made on the reconstruction project.  SEE VIDEO

4.  Beatriz Escudero (PP) asks City Hall to show the museum project, prepared by Alonso Zamora, to the press and to the general public, as mayor Arahuetes had promised (14-oct-2010)
[min. 2:49 to 3:34 of this video] SEE VIDEO


1. INTERVIEW OF GLENN MURRAY
ON THE PROGRAM "ME GUSTA Y ME
QUEDO EN CASTILLA Y LEÓN",

OF CASTILLA Y LEON TELEVISION
[19-julio-2010]

1.  Glenn Murray explains what brought him to Segovia -the historic Mint building- and his reasons for staying to help convert the once abandonded site into a Museum of coining technologies.   [13:00 mins., from minute 26:00 to 39:00 of the videoVER VIDEO

 

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