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Oma Forest

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.
Type of resources: Interesting buildings and structures
Address: Barrio de Oma neighbourhood  48315  KORTEZUBI
Phone: +34 944 651 657Phone: +34 944 651 657
Services: Recreational area / Children facilities / Park / Restaurant
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