THE PAINTED FOREST OF OMA
The Basque Country is on a mountainous crossroads bathed by the sea and splashed with forests that fill every area. Oaks, Beech, Pyrenean oaks... Amongst the hundreds of thousands of trees in the area, there are a few dozen that catch one’s attention above all others. These are the Monterrey pines, a common species that together form the famous Bosque de Oma, or as they know it in the area, “El Bosque Pintado” [The Painted Forest].
The Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola in 1982 changed his oil paintings for the trunks and set out these trees in all of his art. But he did not conceive each trunk as something separate. Just as a group of trees forms a forest, all of his paintings form a single work of art, a changing work that requires visitors’ collaboration to be able to be appreciated as a whole. The paintings of one tree and the next are related, and take on a different appearance depending on the perspective from which they are seen. Attentive eyes, wavy lines and silhouettes of little men are the most commonly repeated representations, but these mutate and change as visitors go on their way and change position.
Ibarrola is one of the most important plastic artists of contemporary Spain. His political and unclassifiable Cubist interventions have given him international repute that grows with the years. The place where he decided to make his art, in the Urdaibai biosphere reserve in Biscay, has given this colouristic and original intervention more notoriety. An interactive, living three-dimensional painting that in hardly thirty years has become a symbol of the area.
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