David Nash, Three Sun Vessels for Huesca, 2005. Oak and bronze, view of work at the Hermitage of Santa Lucía, Berdún, Huesca.

Art and Nature: Spain’s Landscape Art Initiative in Huesca

Located in the foothills of the Pyrenees Mountains, Huesca is one of the most beautiful and least populated provinces in Spain. Half of its territory consists of mountainous natural parks that protect an array of endangered species, and many of its valleys are guarded by Romanesque-style churches. One of these valleys houses Plan, a minute village chosen by Per Kirkeby as the site for his recent addition to Huesca’s Art and Nature project.

It is uncommon to get three different government agencies to engage in a long-term cultural initiative. But Art and Nature, a focal point for art-making and landscape art in Europe, is the result of cooperation between the region of Aragon, the provincial government, and the city of Huesca. Since the presentation of the first work in 1994—Richard Long’s A Circle in Huesca, in Maladeta—seven site-specific works have been completed. A lecture series featuring renowned artists and experts complements the creative side of the project, offering analyses of the relationship between artistic creation and landscape. Presentations have included talks on art and nature, public art, the garden as art, the city, and thought and landscape…see the entire article in the print version of September’s Sculpture magazine.