A sculptural ensemble comprising an, eight metre high white cement column, bearing a symbolic engraving on the southern face and which refers to the city of Pamplona. Adjoined to its northern face, is a torso worked in wrought iron and representing general Pompey, conceived in a figurative language that contains hints of organic sculpture. José Antonio Eslava is a versatile artist, capable of successfully working in a wide variety of artistic disciplines such as painting, engraving, sculpture, jewellery design and stained glass. Within his prolific creative universe, his interest for public sculptures intensified from the eighties onwards. In these public works, the artist displays an undeniable mastery in a number of materials such as bronze, marble, stone and cement, and with different artistic expressions. Eslava received a classical artistic training and therefore bases his work on figurative principles, although with his own personal interpretation, moving away from pure realism. With influences of the organic sculpture present in artists such as Brancusi, Arp or Moore, he created this monument to Pompey, the Roman general and founder of Pamplona. In this work Eslava moves well away from a classical image and opts for a combination of tradition and modernity. At the proposal of councillor Teresa Moreno, the idea to dedicate a monument to the figure of Pompey was approved by the mayor of Pamplona, Alfredo Jaime, on 5th August 1992, once the sketch prepared by José Antonio Eslava had been submitted.
José Javier Azanza
District of San Juan
Monument to Pompey
Black sheets of wrought iron, white cement.
Torso: 180 cm. Column: 800 x 250 cm.
Installation (unveiling): 31st December 1992. Roundabout in the Plaza de Juan XXIII square.