“A big city is not to be confounded with a populous one.” (Aristotles)
From Plaza Unamuno in the old town (Casco Viejo) in Bilbao more than three-hundred steps lead up to the Basílica de Begoña and Etxebarria Park. The park, overlooking the old town and the Nervion River, was built in the 80s on the site of a former steel company and covers an area of 18.9 ha.
Despite it’s commonly used name “Puente Colgante” (= suspension bridge) this bridge is in fact a transporter bridge. In 2006 the UNESCO declared the bridge, which was built in 1893, as a World Heritage for its combination of beauty, innovation and functionality. from the UNESCO website: “Vizcaya Bridge straddles the mouth of the Ibaizabal estuary,… Read More Bilbao. Portugalete / Getxo. Puente de Vizcaya.
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“Maman” is a 30 ft high and 33 ft wide spider sculpture standing outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. French artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) started to create large spider sculptures in the late 90s . I saw another of her spider sculptures at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden in New Orleans. Other public… Read More bilbao. public art around the guggenheim. maman by louise bourgoise.
the zubizuri bridge (“the white bridge”) is one of the many bridges spanning over the nervion river in bilbaos center. it is a pedestrian-only bridge, close to bilbaos tourist magnet the guggenheim museum and was designed in 1997 by spanish star architect santiago de calatrava. related: a walk along the river in bilbao.
“tall tree & the eye” is a 13 ft. high sculpture by indian artist anish kapoor standing outside the guggenheim museum in bilbao. the sculpture is made of stainless steel and carbon steel and its 73 spheres reflect the surrounding area: the museum, the river nervion and the nearby “la salve” bridge. more information: http://www.guggenheim-bilbao.es/en/works/4579/ another… Read More bilbao. public art around the guggenheim. tall tree and the eye by anish kapoor.
“puppy” by american pop artist jeff koons is a 12 meter high sculpture of a west highland terrier sitting outside the guggenheim museum in bilbao. it is made of a stainless steel substructure and about 70.000 flowers, changing its look and colour every season. puppy was originally created for an exhibit in germany in 1992, but moved to… Read More bilbao. public art around the guggenheim. puppy by jeff koons.