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Gernika Site

Gernika Site

‘Gernika Site’ (2020-2021) is an expressionist work, 2,10 x 2,10 m, produced using the dry rope technique for the Fundación Estadio Vital Fundazioa on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of its foundation.

It represents an allegory of the values of the Basque people, such as my word is my bond, perseverance in effort, honestity, hospitality, etc It highlights the ancestral Tree of Gernika and the suffering endured during the bombing of this symbolic town, universally exposed in Picasso’s Guernica.

The ceramic encompasses the four elements of nature, that is Fire, Earth, Water, Air.

Viewers can find allusions to the traditional parliament, medieval personalities, fighter bombers, shrapnel, handshake, the Foundation, the Lauburu, symbol of Basque identity, references to a new genaration, and the colours of the Basque flag, etc, all that under the gaze of the doer. There is also a reflection of Covid-19.

My work.- My goal is to express my vision of the world from different angles. I want the viewer to question and search for meanings and so arrive at a personal interpretation of the forms and colours presented.

Colour and form are both basic to my work. I search for an equilibrium, conscious of the fact that my own perception is greatly influenced by the incomparable capacity of colour to transmit sensations and emotions which help to create a better world, a sensation of pleasure, harmony and serenity, a world balanced in its own internal relations and filling space with light and harmony.

Inaugurated by the Lehendakari of the Basque Government on the 12th February 2021.

Author: Pedro María Moraza Bastida-Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Graduate in Fine Arts from the University of the Basque Country.
My father was the Vitorian painter, Angel Moraza Ruiz, the founder of the “Pajarita” movement, in which a number of Vitorian artists rebelled against the academic conformity of the time, as represented in the work of Diaz Olano

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