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Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre de La Castellana

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

El Museo de Escultura al Aire Libre is a small but plentiful open air museum with 17 excellent abstract sculptures.  If you are walking on La Castellana and not really paying attention, it’s quite easy to walk by and not notice.   Eduardo Chillida‘s La Sirena Varada (originally named Lugar de Encuentros III), a huge concrete sculpture suspended on cables from an overpass, is the highlight.  We also liked Joan Miro’s Mere Ubu and Manuel Rivera’s Triptico.

While walking down calle Orfilia, which has many galleries, we were lucky to bump into Chillida’s “Alabastros” show at Galeria Cayon.  This piece had a poem written above it by Chillada after visiting Greece and being inspired by his stay there.

“Nieva luz sobre luz
Blanco sobre blanco
Es luz de la mente
Primera luz de Grecia”

Taking a long walk down La Castellana led us to the Palacio de Congresos, where Joan Miro’s fabulous mosaic mural has made this building iconic.  It is a timeless piece.

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