This present sculpture by Néstor Basterretxea is a work of tremendous verticality, ascending upwards, created with simplified, basic forms reminiscent of a totem by ancient civilizations or an enigmatic face. The upper part of the figure appears to be a face, evidently within the world of abstract aesthetics, standing majestically and solemnly on a concrete pedestal. As an artist, Basterretxea has always shown a keen interest in research work, constantly seeking to develop an avant-garde language, guided by his desire to investigate and experiment with the plastic arts. He is a leading exponent on themes based on the myths and legends of his people, on its prehistoric roots. One example of this are his well-known «Stelae», inspired by the ancient disc-shaped funerary stelae in the area. He has had the ability to take the symbols originating from Basque Culture, and to reinterpret its legends and myths within a profoundly contemporary style of art. The work installed at the Citadel appears to follow along these same lines and refers to the legendary old witches who lived in the mountains in times past.
The Citadel and Vuelta del Castillo
Néstor Basterretxea, 1986
Corten steel on a concrete pedestal.
Figure: 210 cm. Pedestal:335 x 95 x 68 cm.
Installation: 1986. Location: Ciudadela (Citadel), the roundabout next to the Arms Room and the former Chapel.