This sculpture is mounted on a cement stand, holding a small steel base which in turn supports a smooth, vertical pedestal holding the upper part of the work. This geometric figure, constructedin circles rising up from the base, is evocative of the ancient stelae, characteristic of our geographical area, and which many sculptors have portrayed, starting with the investigations made by father José Miguel de Barandiarán, anthropologist, ethnologist and the author of numerous investigations, right up to Néstor Basterretxea who created a series of works on Stelae and Basque Cosmography, which are an interpretation of the ancient mythological Basque gods, and Jorge Oteiza, with the stela dedicated to Father Donostia and sited in Agiña (Lesaka). This work demonstrates yet again the relationship of Faustino Aizkorbe with the Basque School of Sculpture, showing a brilliant execution, excellent proportions and plasticity. This abstract creation stands out for its work on geometrizingshapes, which seek spaces, dynamic, winged forms, movement. The sculpture was donated to the Casa de Misericordia of Pamplona, a hundred-year old charity foundation which hasprogressively acquired a considerable number of Navarre works of art, with emphasis on paintings and sculptures, so that it now possesses a magnificent collection, including works by Ciga, Basiano, Zubiri, Lozano de Sotés, Gutxi, etc.
José María Muruzábal
The Citadel and Vuelta del Castillo
Faustino Aizkorbe, 1990
Statue: 200 x 95 x 98.5 cm.
Installation: 1997. Casa de Misericordia (Residential home for oldpeople), Vuelta del Castillo 7 street.