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Praise of the Chillida Horizon

Symbol of Gijón

Praise of the Chillida Horizon

Symbol of Gijón

It is a work of great proportions erected in 1990 in the Cerro de Santa Catalina de Gijón. It took time to get in tune with the city that houses it and is popularly known as King Kong's toilet. Chillida made several small models in steel and wood until he found the final shape of the sculpture: a mass of concrete weighing 500 tons. The location of the sculpture was suggested to Mayor Vicente Álvarez Areces by the architect Paco Pol, in charge of the remodeling of the Cerro de Santa Catalina.

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We went up the paths traced in the grass to reach the top of the hill of Cerro de Santa Catalina and be able to enjoy the sculpture of the Praise of the Horizon, by Chillida. We will get closer to the very center of this impressive concrete work, a place from which the sea can be heard, due to a conch effect. Although the avant-garde of this work caused rejection at first, Chillida's work has become indissoluble part of the city. It appears as a logo and mandatory stamp of any brochure, poster, book or sticker that refers to Gijón.

If we decide to give a walk around the area we can take the path that runs parallel to the sea and descend leaving behind the Club Astur de Regatas, private club that enjoys enviable views of the bay of San Lorenzo. When we reach the end of the hill we see one of the most recognizable places in the city, it is the Greater Church of San Pedro, of Gothic origin. It is located in the landscaped area known as Campo Valdés, where the statue in honor of the Emperor Caesar Augustus, thus recalling the Roman past of the town of Gigia. Almost in the basement of the temple are the Roman Baths, which have an interesting museum offering visitors a complete view of the Roman past of Gijón. A past that is still explored with excavations and unfinished archaeological programs.

Several nearby buildings call our attention, the main facade of the Old Fish Market (Today it houses municipal offices), the Torre de los Jove-Hevia and the Chapel of San Lorenzo de Tierra, both from the 17th century. The most striking of the latter is the proof in its stone facade the uninterrupted effects of marine erosion, century after century.

Text: © Ramón Molleda for desdeasturias.com

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