STREET ART

As part of the cultural wealth that can be found in Euskadi, the artistic expression visible in the streets, and even in the forests and more rural areas, is of note, and is clear evidence of the Basque penchant for art in all its forms. It also shows that Euskadi is the breeding ground for many great artists, the majority of whom have left work behind for the enjoyment of locals and visitors alike. There is a high level of interest in culture in Euskadi and there is always some art-related event to see. The best way to celebrate this nation's love of culture is to head to the streets and villages, where you’ll find some of the best museums in the world, and outdoor art for everyone to enjoy. Because what better use is there for art than to share it with everyone.

THE FOREST OF OMA (1984)

THE FOREST OF OMA

Work of art created by sculptor and painter Agustín Ibarrola (Bilbao, 1930) in the Urdaibai Natural Reserve, in the small district of Oma, in Kortezubi, very close to Santimamiñe caves. It is known as the Enchanted Forest.

BILBAO

DODECATHLOS (2001)

DODECATHLOS

Or the “Works of Hercules”, a sculpture of 72 tonnes of steel designed by Vicente Larrea (Bilbao, 1934). It stands opposite Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.

TERPSÍCORE (1974)

TERPSÍCORE

A sculpture of the muse of dance by Salvador Dalí (Figueras, 1904- 1989). It stands under Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.

BEGIRARI IV (1997, installed in 2003)

BEGIRARI IV

Created by Eduardo Chillida (San Sebastián, 1924-2002), this sculpture more than seven metres tall can be found in Ribera Park, at the beginning of the Pedro Arrupe walkway, in Bilbao.

EXPLORER’S BOOK (2008)

EXPLORER’S BOOK

This steel piece by Sir Anthony Caro (London, 1924) expresses his personal synthesis between figurative and abstract art. It can be found next to the Pedro Arrupe walkway, in Bilbao.

FOG SCULPTURE (1998)

FOG SCULPTURE

Fujiko Nakaya (Sapporo, 1933) investigates the ephemeral quality and artistic potential of water, creating this Fog Sculpture especially for the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum, where it can be seen in the pond behind the museum. The water-fog generated by 1000 mist nozzles makes it a spectacular sight.

VITORIA-GASTEIZ

THE WALKER

THE WALKER

Bronze sculpture by Juan José Eguizábal (Logroño, 1961), located in the Plaza del Arca, in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

SQUARE-MONUMENT TO THE BASQUE CHARTERS (1982)

SQUARE-MONUMENT TO THE BASQUE CHARTERS

The architectural structure of Luis Peña Ganchegui (Oñati, Gipuzkoa, 1926-2009) merges with the steel sculpture by Eduardo Chillida in a spectacular square that is moving even in silence. It can be visited in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

SCULPTURE IN TRIBUTE TO THE FIRST BASQUE EUROPEANISTS ON EUROPE DAY

SCULPTURE IN TRIBUTE TO THE FIRST BASQUE EUROPEANISTS ON EUROPE DAY

Created by Néstor Basterretxea (Bermeo, 1924-2014), this can be seen between Calle Prado and Calle Becerro de Bengoa, next to the Basque Parliament in Vitoria-Gasteiz.

THE VERTICAL GARDEN

THE VERTICAL GARDEN

There are 33,000 plants of 70 different species growing in the Palacio de Congresos Europa, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, as part of the interior green belt project, planted by the Urbanarbolismo y Unusualgreen studios, next to Urbaser and Zikotz. More than 33,000 plants of different autochthonous species from the Alava region and the Basque Country have been planted here.

THE LOOK

THE LOOK

Sculpture by Miquel Navarro (Mislata,Valencia, 1945) which was the first stone of the Artium, the Basque Museum-Centre of Contemporary Art opened in 2002 in Vitoria-Gazteiz. Situated in front of the entrance to the museum, it is a point of reference in the city.

SAN SEBASTIÁN

WIND COMB

WIND COMB

A set of sculptures by Eduardo Chillida (San Sebastián, 1924-2002) resting on the architectural work of Luis Peña Ganchegui (Oñati, Gipuzkoa, 1926-2009) at one end of the Ondarreta Beach and at the foot of Mount Igeldo in San Sebastián.

EMPTY CONSTRUCTION

EMPTY CONSTRUCTION

Sculpture by Jorge Oteiza (Orio, Gipuzkoa, 1908-2003). Award-winner in the Sao Pao Paulo Biennial in 1957, it was installed in the Paseo Nuevo in San Sebastián in 2002.

PIETÀ (1999)

PIETÀ

Based on sketches by Oteiza for the frieze at the Sanctuary of Arantzazu, this sculpture was designed by José Ramón Anda and supervised by Oteiza. It can be seen on the façade of the Church of San Vicente in San Sebastián.

DOVE OF PEACE (1988)

DOVE OF PEACE

Spectacular eight-metre high sculpture by Néstor Basterretxea (Bermeo, 1924-2014). Initially it was on the Paseo de Kursaal in San Sebastián, but in 1995 was moved to the centre of a roundabout in the San Sebastián neighbourhood of Amara next to Anoeta Stadium.

ESTELA (1969)

ESTELA

Vertical sculpture by Ricardo Ugarte Zubiarrain (Pasajes, 1942) consisting of overlapping cubes. It can be seen in the Plaza del Centenario in San Sebastián.