The Guggenheim of Bilbao, Spain – Wanderlust @85

“Better to see something once than to hear about it a thousand times.” – Asian proverb

Bilbao is an industrial port in northern Spain and is surrounded by lush green mountains. It is made famous by the Frank Gehry designed, curvy, silver building, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. This was opened in 1997 and the museum houses modern and contemporary works.

Aside from this beautiful building, the centre of Bilbao is full of amazing sculptures. And this is what I want to feature this week in Frank’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Sculpture…the many architectures, sculptures and statues of Bilbao.

By definition, a sculpture is the art of making two or three dimentional or abstract forms. So here goes….

This is a work of Jeff Koons, an American artist, who prefers to work on very colourful works(mostly neon coloured pallete) and large scale sculptures. It is called Tulips, a bouquet of multi coloured balloon flowers blown up to ginormous size of more than 2 meters tall and 5 meters across.

Tall Tree and the Eye is a 13 meter high, stainless steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor made in 2009. This consists of seventy-three reflective spheres in stainless steel.

This is the guard dog, Puppy, who has guarded the doors of the Guggenheim Museum since it opened its doors in 1997. The Puppy Flower sculpture was designed by Jeff Koons, and is better known to locals as the Flower Puppy. The four-story sculpture is covered with flowers all year round, so taking a selfie is simply irresistible.

Just farther away outside the Guggenheim Museum is a statue of Raman Rubial, a Spanish socialist leader.

There is a giant spider art sculpture outside the Guggenheim. This will leave you mesmerised, as it is a 30 foot spider, known as the Spain Maman spider. Maman is a bronze, stainless steel and marble sculpture by artist Louise Boutgeois. The spider has a sac containing 32 marble eggs and its abdomen and thorax are made of ribbed bronze.

Opposite the museum, you will find Under the La Salve Bridge on the Salbeko Zubia road, a gigantic streetart. The mural was designed and painted by Veronica y Christina Werdkmeister with the help of some volunteers.

Today it is also informally known as the Guggenheim Bridge, as part of the museum was built right under it to connect to a tower standing on the other side. This merges the bridge’s structure into the museum’s and thus becoming the most photographed bridge in Bilbao.

Some more architecture around the place.

And this is how we leave Bilbao…dark mist covering the mountains.

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