The light house of Santa Clara Island

Leading Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias is creating a new work which will permanently transform The Lighthouse of Santa Clara Island situated in the bay of Donostia/San Sebastián in the Basque Country, which will be launched in June 2021.

This will be the artist’s first sculpture in her native city and one of her most important public artworks. Situated at the top of a small rocky island, Hondalea (Marine Abyss) will be a space for reflection and communication. Inside the structure, forms cast in bronze resemble the geology of the bay and surrounding coastline. Moving around the sculpture, visitors will experience the rush of water flowing through the sculpture inside, as waves break on the island’s rocks outside.
The project will be launched with a symposium organised by Artangel’s Co-Director, James Lingwood, a long-term collaborator of the artist’s, featuring leading commentators from the world of both the arts and science.

To coincide with the Donostia/San Sebastián commission, a new publication, Liquid Sculpture: The Public Art of Cristina Iglesias, edited by Iwona Blazwick and Richard Noble, will be published by Hatje Cantz. In the publication, an international roster of curators, art critics philosophers, architects and scientists discuss the social and ecological potential of art in urban and rural space. Contributors include: Octavio Aburto, Andrew Benjamin, Iwona Blazwick, Lynne Coke, T.J. Demos, Estrella de Diego, Brian Dillon, Exequiel Ezcurra, Russell Ferguson, João Manuel Fernandez, Luis Fernández-Galiano, Cristina Iglesias, James Lingwood, Michael Newman, Richard Noble, Jane Rendell, Andrea Schlieker and Jane Withers as well as Mary Beebe, Kirstin Dunne, Stephen Gallagher, Stella Ioannou, Kathryn Kanjo, Ben Luke and Farshid Moussavi.

Cristina Iglesias’ horizontal fountains, submerged rooms and tropical mazes bring together language, architecture, geology and botany to create immersive spaces for contemplation. Renowned for her sculptures woven, cast or constructed from metal, wood, concrete or alabaster, Iglesias also creates outdoor structures and installations in which time is an essential element because of the rhythms of its flowing water and the effect it has on its patinas.  Her work can be found in inner cities or remote islands, as a site of pilgrimage for humans or as a habitat for animals.

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Cristina Iglesias’s most recent commission is a site-specific work for the new wing of the Museum of Fine Art Houston, designed by Steve Holl, alongside international artists including El Anatsui, Carlos Cruz-Díez, Olafur Eliasson, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Ai Weiwei.

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