The Rocky Coast: Geology, Ecology, Sculpture

03.Jun - 04.Jun

Cod. K03-21

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The Symposium will be held at the Aquarium in face-to-face with a limited capacity, which is already full, and it will also be possible to participate live online through ZOOM. The modality must be selected in the registration process.

In early June 2021, an extraordinary new work by the Basque artist Cristina Iglesias will open in the city of San Sebastián. Iglesias’s work has transformed a defunct an ancient and abandoned lighthouse on the rocky outcrop of the Island of Santa Clara, situated in the middle of a bay close to the city, to create a vertiginous sculptural environment. Sunk into the rock of the island, Iglesias’s work incorporates the distinctive geology and ecology of the Basque coast and the rough waters that surround the island within its absorbing form.

Over recent years, Cristina Iglesias has created new forms of public sculpture, re-imagining civic spaces and abandoned buildings through a combination of architecture, sculpture and water, notably in the historic centres of Antwerp and Toledo as well as a submerged location in Baia, California. Commissioned by the City of San Sebastián, and developed over the past five years, Iglesias’s new project on the Island of Santa Clara promises to be one of the most remarkable sculptural projects of recent years.

The public opening of the sculpture on the island on the weekend of 5/6 June 2021 will be preceded by a symposium called “The Rocky Coast - Geology, Ecology and Sculpture”, co-directed by the director and founder of Artangel anD contemporary art expert, James Lingwood, and Adolfo Uriarte; the geologist, oceanographer and Director of Natural Heritage and Climate Change of the Basque Government.

Based on the interrelated themes in Iglesias' work, the symposium will bring together a group of experts to share thought in the fields of art, literature, geology and ecology, over the course of two sessions on the afternoon of 3 June and the morning of June 4 at the Aquarium Auditorium. It can also be followed by Zoom for which a prior registration is necessary. It is a Symposium organized in collaboration with the Summer Courses of the University of the Basque Country and with the support of the BBVA Foundation. This symposium is part of the Sustainability Forum that both develop. Likewise, Ihobe and the Department of the Environment of the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa collaborate in it.


Share thinking in the fields of art, literature, geology, and ecology with experts in these disciplines.


  • Directors: James Lingwood and Adolfo Uriarte
  • Coordinator: Manuel Soto


  • Cristina Iglesias


  • Penelope Curtis
  • Carlos Duarte
  • Russell Ferguson
  • Beatriz Herraez
  • Asier Hilario Orus
  • Lisa Le Feuvre
  • Manuel Soto

Activity directed to

  • All public


  • Ayuntamiento de Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Fundación BBVA
  • IHOBE. Departamento de Desarrollo Económico, Sostenibilidad y Medio Ambiente del Gobierno Vasco
  • Departamento de Medio Ambiente y Obras Hidráulicas. Diputación Foral de Guipúzcoa
  • Aquarium de Donostia / San Sebastián
  • Artingenium
  • Face-to-face and live online course
    • Art and culture
    • Ecosystems and natural resources
    • Sostenibility
    • Ecosystems and natural resources
  • 03.Jun - 04.Jun
  • Aquarium Donostia/San Sebastián
  • Spanish
  • Academic Validity: 20 hours