Using fragments of Alejandro Otero’s Coloritmo at Bello Monte acoustic Shell in Caracas, I explore how this architectural space connects me with what seems to be at the core of the Venezuelan identity: the contradictory expression of barbarity and modernity. The Coloritmo serves as a mirror of the country’s current situation and shows how I have experienced its collapse. Day by day for over five years I saw how a work of art that I never knew at its best languished and yet remained beautiful. It is an image of involution and the chaotic struggle of the community to keep alive a meeting place. It is also a demonstration that its color and its modernity imprint curiously allows it to transmute into something that simultaneously is phantasmagorical and part of nature.