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The Peine del Viento is a sculpture located in the closing part of the waterfront named after Eduard Chillida (Paseo Eduardo Chillida) , on the Ondarreta beach, at the foot of Monte Igueldo, in San Sebastiano
(in Basque: Donostia) , in the autonomous Basque country in Spain. It is a set of three iron sculptures installed in a steep rock. Its parts are separated, the distances between them are several tens of meters. The name means the "Windy Comb". The sculpture was created by Eduardo Chillida, a significant Basque artist, in 1977 and it was installed on one of the many sites in San Sebastiano that are recommendable for a pleasant walk.
Sculptor Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002) was born in San Sebastiano and died there, too. He created his first artistic pieces abroad, where he earned his fame, too. When he was young, he would often visited the site under the hill of Igueldo, spending long hours listening to the noise of the sea waves, observing them in every detail. This is how the idea to create this artistic work - the Peine del Viento i.e. the Windy Crest was born. It was only logical to install the sculpture in the natural environment.
Each part of the Peine del Viento weights some ten tonnes. The whole set is supplemented with a system of tubes. The wind, supported by the waves, leads air through the holes and very special sounds are prouduced. Depending of the wind intensity, velocity and direction, and on the height of the waves, the construction produces different sounds in different times.
While creating the Peine del Viento sculpture, Eduardo Chillida collaborated with architect Luis Peña Gancheguim, engineer José Elósegui - and they used a northamerican helicopter, too.
The Peine del Viento became a symbol of San Sebastiano or Donostie and you will come across its picture in many postcards and in many tourist guides.
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Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:25:51 PM