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Oma Forest

  • Agustín Ibarrola's painted forest in Oma
  • Agustín Ibarrola's painted forest in Oma
  • Agustín Ibarrola's painted forest in Oma
  • Agustín Ibarrola's painted forest in Oma
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Oma Forest

Opening of the new Oma Forest. Basobarri will be open to the public from 25th July onwards on guided tours by appointment.


The new Oma Forest will open its
doors to the public partially, as it will not be possible to visit it
in its entirety until the summer of 2023. Even so, it will be possible
to see one of the areas by means of guided tours and by booking in
advance during the summer period: from 25 July until September.


Guided tours: Monday to Friday (10:30 and 12:30)

Bookings: 944 651 657.


From 12th November 2018, the Animated Oma Forest will remain closed for the achievement of works of maintenance and works of progress of accesses.


The small neighbourhood of Oma, in Kortezubi, contains a singular spot known as Bosque Animado (the Animated Forest) close to the Santimamiñe Caves. The Bilbao sculptor and artist Agustín Ibarrola painted it in 1984.


This is an enchanted forest located in a magical area that stresses a new connection between nature and art. There, the artist left traces on trees and stones aiming to link the works of the ancestral Palaeolithic artists with the modern tendency known as land art, an artistic current that works directly over the natural landscape, being the landscape itself the artist's cloth.


Thus, Ibarrola confined himself to paint the surface of pine trees, being aware that the holder he was using was not as inert as the cloth. Most of the figures are scattered around different trees, which are situated in different depths. So, Ibarrola, when covering thousands of pine trees with colours and life, created an enormous cloth that each visitor can compose again playing with the perspective while walking.


We will find the chance to build a personalised work by means of decisions that we will make in the forest, walking along one or another path, looking at different spots. Therefore, for each visitor there is a forest that exists in different ways. 

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Barrio de Oma  - 48315  Kortezubi

Phone:   +34 944 651 657Phone:  

+34 944 651 657