Eduardo Chillida’s large-scale urban sculptures, the culmination of his artistic process, plays an essential role. In harmony with their surroundings, the sculptures take different meanings in each landscape. A clear example of this is his Peine del Viento (Wind Combs) in San Sebastián, a group of three structures that tell an exciting story related to rocks, sea and the horizon beyond. To Eduardo Chillida a work of art belongs to all of us the minute we stand before it. It makes us look at ourselves and our relationship with the environment. It passes on to us its doubts and questions in the face of the unknown. Chillida’s public sculptures are also gathering grounds, spaces for dialogue and coexistence.
“At one end of the Bay in San Sebastian at the foot of Mount Igeldo was where Eduardo Chillida placed his favourite piece of work, the Wind Comb, in 1977, with three spectacular pieces of steel anchored to the rocks and surrounded by the sea. Thirty years later, Donostia-San Sebastián is celebrating the anniversary of this magical space, which is a unique example of harmony between art and landscape”.
Source: Museo Chillida Leku
In an interview with Luis Pena, 1986, the sculptor commented:
“The work demonstrates a way of intervention in the city which has much to do with the romantic Germans, specially with Novalis. These philosophers understood nature not a something to be exploited but to be understood and interpreted.
The Comb of the Wind is then a metaphor of this attitude as regards the city…. as a symbol of the meeting of nature with the city. Of a city that ends in the absolute, which is the ocean. “
“Boundaries are actually the main factor in space, just as the present, another boundary, is the main factor in time.”
“Whatever I know how to do, I’ve already done. Therefore I must always do what I do not know how to do.”
“Nobody can teach what is inside a person; it has to be discovered for oneself and a way must be found to express it.”
Photo by Sonia Villegas
Enya has composed music to the “Comb of the Winds” title in her Amarantine Single.