This is one of Basque sculptor Jorge Oteiza"s most important plastic creations. In terms of form, it retains some clear, figurative references, a human form is perceptible; although with no defined features, he has legs, a body and a head. His arms are raised and his hands are resting on his neck. The figure is hollow. More specifically, there are two openings, one in the trunk and another lower down in the leg area. Once he had completed his experimental work with hyperboloids in the early fifties, Jorge Oteiza sought new solutions for his artworks. He thus started to experiment with the elimination of material by opening up channels in his figures. The first experiment with this type of plastic solution is entitled Return from death, created in 1950, to culminate with the well-known group of statues at the Basilica of Arantzazu, in Guipuzcoa. The Korean originates from a work of art created in 1950 and which is held in a Private Collection, with a replica also exhibited at the Oteiza Foundation Museum in Alzuza. The sculpture was installed in the Conde de Rodezno square on 29th December 1999. On that same day another sculpture by Oteiza was installed in the Plaza del Castillo square, entitled Triple and Lightweight Unit. These works form part of a set of sculptures created by Oteiza and acquired by the City Council of Pamplona, following an agreement with the Oteiza Foundation at Alzuza.
José María Muruzábal
Ensanches and Media Luna Park
Jorge Oteiza, 1950
Statue: 313 x 97 x 76 cm. Pedestal: 115 x 111 x86 cm.
Installation: 1999. Plaza del Conde de Rodeznosquare.