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The University highlights the value of wood with a sculpture by José Ramón Anda
The work donated by the author, measuring more than three meters and made from an empty banana trunk, symbolizes the union between nature, sustainability and construction.
23 | 02 | 2023
The artist José Ramón Anda has donated one of his works: 'Miracielo Segoviano'. School of Architecture University of Navarra one of his works: 'Miracielo Segoviano'. It is a sculpture of more than three meters high made by Anda between 2005 and 2007 with an empty banana trunk. This work comes to the School to highlight the value of wood, on the occasion of the Chair Madera Onesta of the University.
Miracielo Segoviano' is part of the artist's collection and, after spending some time at the San Telmo Museum in San Sebastian, will be on display at School of Architecture for the next three years. The inauguration was attended by the rector of the University, María Iraburu; the director of the School, Carlos Naya; the artist and author of the work, José Ramón Anda; and the director of Projects and Works of Onesta, Marta Sánchez.
"The sculpture receives this name because the tree is from Segovia. In addition, the trunk is in an inverted position, with the roots upwards, to turn it into a 'miracielo'. The idea for the name also comes from a memory I have: years ago, when you entered the province of Segovia, you were greeted by a sign that read 'Segovia, incomparable skies'," explained José Ramón Anda.
The rector, María Iraburu, highlighted the beauty of preserving a "lifeless" tree to make room for it in a building in favor of the environment. Carlos Naya said that wood "is the point of union between nature, sustainability and industrialization".
Marta Sánchez, commented: "At Onesta, we decided sponsor the Chair because of our commitment to promote wood not only in construction, but also culturally and artistically. The sculpture symbolizes that look to the sky, to the future and to sustainability".
José Ramón Anda recalled how fallen trees from the forests of Bakaiku used to be distributed among neighbors for firewood and how now their role in ecosystems, where they become home to many living things, is even more encouraged. Anda has given many hollow logs an important role in the art world. Precisely, 'Miracielo Segoviano' belongs to the series 'Troncos huecos', fundamental in the artist's career. The first works date back to 1996 and continue to the present day. After a cleanup manager, rebuilds and reinterprets the interior and exterior spaces.
Specifically, 'Miracielo segoviano' highlights the use of the triangle, the circle and the square and the paired columns created from the trunk itself. "I wanted them to be thin so that they would allow whoever wanted to enter inside the trunk to show another perspective and, at the same time, allow the upper part (the roots) to stand out more," Anda explained. "To create these works requires a lot of dedication and it is a pleasure to be able to exhibit them at the School," he added.