Comb of the Wind

CHILLIDA JUANTEGUI, Eduardo (San Sebastián 1924 – 2002)

Work formed by three pieces which make up an ensemble. Each piece emerges from a rock.

  • Artist: CHILLIDA JUANTEGUI, Eduardo (San Sebastián 1924 – 2002)
  • Material: Corten steel
  • Measurements: 215 x 177 x 185 cm (each one)
  • Signed: Cannot be seen
  • Dated: Cannot be seen
  • Period: 1977
  • Location: Antiguo (Paseo de Eduardo Chillida)

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The artist donated his work to the city and the City Council paid for the erection of the work and covered the costs generated by the urbanisation of the area. “In September, Chillida carried out the installation and finalised details of the sculpture “The Comb of the Wind” which he donated to the city of San Sebastián. The work’s installation site is one of the most beautiful in the city, the rocks beyond the Tennis Club which are preceded by a large stone esplanade, constructed by the architect Peña Ganchegui “as a meeting place, a space for citizens to live together...” The work consists of three similar pieces of dry steel, which weigh more than 10 tons each and which are installed in different rocks, creating a spectacular triangle between them. It is a monumental sculpture which summarises many years of work...” ÁLVAREZ MARTÍNEZ, Mª S.: Contemporary sculptors of Gipuzkoa, 1930-1980: half a century of the Basque sculpture school. Donostia-San Sebastián Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Gipuzkoa, 1983, p.298. “There are seven ‘Comb of the Wind’ studies, made between 1974 and 1978. All of them share the characteristic of being similar to some ‘Stelae’.” “From these sketches, Chillida chose ‘Study for the Comb of the Wind 5’, from 1976, to erect it with monumental scale and three versions, at the Paseo del Tenis in San Sebastián. On this occasion, there is no base and the triple piece is installed directly on the rocks, marking the vertices of an imaginary triangle. Each of the three pieces is formed by four thick square steel bars, which emerge from a shared trunk anchored in the rock. One of these bars, after tracing a curve, returns to the rock, tracing a trajectory parallel to the common trunk. The other three curve like hooks and capture the space inside them. These pieces made of both the steel and the space occupied and inside, also participate in the open space, the surrounding space, in which they create an atmosphere capable of welcoming man and strengthening his union with nature. The plaza designed by the architect Peña Ganchegui also contributes as a complement to this sculpture.” ".. In this piece, Chillida used a special steel which, after having experimented with oxidisation on the surfaces, remains unaltered by the action of the water and salt, because the very layer of oxidisation itself is the protective agent which impedes the evolution of the deterioration process.” ÁLVAREZ MARTÍNEZ, Mª S.: Contemporary sculptors of Gipuzkoa, 1930-1980: half a century of the Basque sculpture school. Donostia-San Sebastián Caja de Ahorros Provincial de Gipuzkoa, 1983, p. 369. At the Plenary Session of the City Council on 25th September, an agreement is reached to rename the street in memory of the Eduardo Chillida, who dies in August of the same year, thus becoming Paseo de Eduardo Chillida.