The king of Pamplona is depicted standing, like a sentry, looking eastwards, in a hieratical attitude which is a result of the schematic construction. He is carrying a circular, open shield on his right side, whilst in his left hand he is holding a lance, resting on the ground. Heir to the cubist style of sculpture and painting, Juan Diego Miguel approaches his work from a multifacet perspective using a disparity of materials and his tireless imagination, the essence of his expressivity. His style follows constructive formulas, taken from his architectural education and from his assimilated avant-garde language, particularly influenced by Picasso, Matisse, Lipchitz, Julio González, Gargallo, Giacometti, Miró, amongst others, and by African black art which inspired these artists with its synthetic capacityand purity of lines. This author has installed another two sculptures in Navarre : «heads» of women in the Señorío de Bértiz nature park (1999) and at the Tudela bypass junction with Ablitas (2002).
Francisco Javier Zubiaur
Iturrama and the University of Navarre
Homage to Íñigo Arista, Lord of Pamplona
Juan Diego Miguel, 2003
Folded and welded corten steel, and sand blasted stainless steel.
1.370 x 550 x 180 cm approx.
Installation: 2003. Roundabout of the Avenida de Navarra avenue, at the junction with Calle Íñigo Arista street.