Thursday, April 20, 2006

La Puerta de los Honorables

Casto Solano has sent me a PDF file documenting his 2001 commission on the grounds of the new Guggenheim museum in Bilbao, Spain.

The monument honors the memory of Ramon Rubial -- the Socialist politician who spent 15 years in prison after the triumph of General Franco -- and then went on to serve the cause for forty more years.

Here is the PDF file that Casto assembled for his piece. It's large (2.5 megabytes) -- but it's far better than any pictures on the internet -- and, of course, being made by the sculptor himself, is HIS idea of how the work should be seen:

Click here

Usually - I prefer figure sculpture up on architectual pedastals -- to better let the figure play with the space of the surrounding area. Although I can guess that the artist would like to contrast his hero with the kind who sits on horses high off the ground. How the site actually feels -- I guess I'll have to travel to Spain to find out -- but in the meantime, this is second-best.

The close-ups of the head are powerful -- and I like the natural posture of the figure -- but still I wonder --- in 200 years --- when nobody will know or care about either Rubial or Franco -- will this be an enjoyable place to look at pretty girls and enjoy life ?


Blogger Gawain said...

iwonder, too.

April 20, 2006  

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