Bihar Sculpture - Drowning girl statue causes a stir in Spain
January 24 2022
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Bihar Sculpture

Drowning girl statue causes a stir in Spain

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Published on September 29, 2021 7:17 AM
Two years ago his life-size statue of a lone woman sitting on a park bench, Invisible Soledad, sparked a debate about the isolated lives of the elderly. Another onlooker, who gave her name as Maria, initially thought the sculpture was a memorial to a tragic past event.
BILBAO, Spain - Staring impassively out from the murky waters of Bilbao's River Nervion, the eerily lifelike face of a young girl drowning in the tide has been unsettling people in the Spanish city since she appeared unannounced last week.

Mexican hyperrealist artist Ruben Orozco created the enigmatic figure, entitled Bihar (Tomorrow in Basque) for a campaign by the BBK Foundation - the charitable arm of Spanish lender Kutxabank - to encourage debate around sustainability.

The goal is for people to be aware that "their actions can sink us or keep us afloat", the artist told Spanish news website Nius.

As the tides rise and fall, the 120kg fibreglass figure is submerged and uncovered each day, which BBK said was a reflection of what could happen "if we continue to bet on unsustainable models" such as those that contribute to climate change.

Bilbao residents awoke to the installation last Thursday (Sept 23) after it was taken by boat and...

About BBK Foundation

Fundacion BBK (BBK Foundation) works to contribute to the economic development and social cohesion in Bizkaia, in collaboration with individuals, teams and organisations with common values and goals.

They aspire to continue being recognized as the social actor more relevant to the Basque Country and in proportion of the state, as well as to consolidate a brand identity linked to the five defined values in their strategy.