Public Art Installation

Cristina Iglesias The Lighthouse of Santa Clara Island

In light of recent developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19), events, exhibitions and talks are subject to change. 

Cristina Iglesias is creating a new work which will permanently transform The Lighthouse of Santa Clara Island situated in the bay of Donostia/San Sebastián in the Basque Country, which will be launched in June 2021.

This will be the Iglesias's first sculpture in her native city and one of her most important public artworks. Situated at the top of a small rocky island, Hondalea (Marine Abyss) will be a space for reflection and communication. Inside the structure, forms cast in bronze resemble the geology of the bay and surrounding coastline. Moving around the sculpture, visitors will experience the rush of water flowing through the sculpture inside, as waves break on the island's rocks outside.  

The project will be launched with a symposium organised by Artangel's Co-Director, James Lingwood, a long-term collaborator of Iglesias's, featuring leading commentators from the world of both the arts and science.  

To coincide with the Donostia/San Sebastián commission, a new publication, Liquid Sculpture: The Public Art of Cristina Iglesias, edited by Iwona Blazwick and Richard Noble, will be published by Hatje Cantz. In the publication, an international roster of curators, art critics philosophers, architects and scientists discuss the social and ecological potential of art in urban and rural space.

Iglesias's horizontal fountains, submerged rooms and tropical mazes bring together language, architecture, geology and botany to create immersive spaces for contemplation. Renowned for her sculptures woven, cast or constructed from metal, wood, concrete or alabaster, Iglesias also creates outdoor structures and installations in which time is an essential element because of the rhythms of its flowing water and the effect it has on its patinas.  Her work can be found in inner cities or remote islands, as a site of pilgrimage for humans or as a habitat for animals. 

Iglesias's most recent commission is a site-specific work for the new wing of the Museum of Fine Art Houston, designed by Steve Holl.

Press contact:
Erica Bolton, Bolton & Quinn
Tel: +44 (0)7711 698 186

June 1, 2021

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