Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida passed away almost 10 years ago yet still his legacy lives on, specially in Barcelona where the artist left three of his most important works, sculptures which perfectly exemplify the artist´s view on urban space, nature, scale, myth and form.
Chillida showed special admiration for famous Catalan artist Joan Miro. Chillida studied the artist´s use of convex lines and was greatly influenced by his work. He said about Miró : “He changed my way of looking at line and space, so I wanted to do an homage to him” (referring to his sculpture ”Homage to Miró” of 1985).
In ”Eulogy to Water” a commissioned sculpture for Parque de la Creuta del Coll in 1987, Chillida explores space appropriation , and the notion of volume and form defying gravity. He also approaches greek mythology by placing the sculpture above the water . The reflection suggests the myth of Narcissus.
The evident fixation for space analysis in Chillida´s work is not random. Chillida set out to study architecture but dropped out to pursue sculpture instead.
“Topos V” in Plaça del Rei, Barcelona shows an interesting synergy between sculpture and architecture, in it Chillida highlights the importance of the Roman arch in medieval architecture .
“G-333″ is yet another architectural reference by Chillida. This mural is located in Plaça dels Angels opposite of Museum of Modern Art designed by Richard Meier. It seems to depict the relationship between void and space from its surroundings.
Because of his bold and persuasive use of material and the importance granted to setting and urban space, Chillida is still remembered as one of the most important contemporary sculptors .