Red Arches

Red Arches

Museo Guggenheim Bilbao
Daniel Buren
2007

Daniel Buren’s sculpture makes the structure of the La Salve Bridge less severe but more visible. He has designed a vertical piece perpendicular to the bridge with three cut out circles located at equal distances from each other. It’s inauguration coincided with the Museum’s 10th anniversary. This work creates a central circle that circumscribes the road, and two semi circles that are completed by the reflection on the water and in the air. The surface is coloured red, while the outer edges of the piece and the inside of the arches have alternate black and white vertical stripes. These edges are made from a translucent material, enabling the integration of plays of light at night.

In order to create this work the artist has taken into account the different properties of the context. The first is that the site is located at the immediate entrance to the city centre, a function that is effectively performed by the central circle. The second is the presence of the museum, with an architecture that combines curved and vertical shapes. The outer edges of the structure produce verticality and the circles curvature. The third is the presence of titanium, which produces a mirror-like effect.

The fourth is the presence of the estuary, which reflects the work and can extend it. The fifth and final element is the cars crossing the bridge, which produce horizontal plays of light. The artist has placed vertical plays of light on the inner and outer edges in order to create a dialogue with the vehicles on the road.

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