This work by sculptor José Ramón Anda portrays Polyphemus, a terrible man-eating spirit, the son of Poseidon, the god of the sea in Greek mythology. José Ramón started out as an artisan in the Anda workshop in Bakaiku, carving furniture to cover a series of needs, whilst giving his work an artistic dimension. The vital experience of José Ramón Anda, after his university education at the School of fine arts of San Fernando (Madrid), the Spanish Academy in Rome, where he acquired a knowledge of Italian art, the artisan wood carving in the family workshop, his friendship with Oteiza and his ownparticular investigations into the works of great artists such as Max Bill or Brancusi, have all come together to shape a multifaceted work of art, which incorporates figurative and abstract elements, the sculpture as an item of furniture, which combines wood carving with heavy metal casting. With reference to this work, the material carries a symbolic meaning: Polyphemus"s eye could be a sacred symbol, an eye observing us from above, through which the heavens can be seen. Or a menhir with a mysterious significance.
Francisco Javier Zubiaur
Taconera park and zone around the Baluarte
José Ramón Anda, 1982-1993
Cast bronze, patinated in dark green
600 x 120 x 40 cm.
Installation: 1993. Parque de Antoniutti Park. Avda. de Pío XII avenue.
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