The San Sebastian Region is a land of great sculptors, artists who knew better than anyone else how to mould the elements of nature: iron, stone, water and fire. These geniuses knew how to transform the concept of reality, offering us a new vision of space, light and shadows. The 1960s saw the creation of 'Gaur' ('today' in Basque), a movement spearheaded by Jorge Oteiza, along with other artists, to promote the role of art in society. As a result, the San Sebastian Region today is a veritable open-air museum. Exceptional large-scale sculptures can be found in the streets and squares across our towns and cities.
The name Atauts comes from 'ate' + 'huts' ('empty' + 'door' in Basque).
EXPLORE LIZARDIREN LEHIOA
This steel sculpture made by Chillida as a tribute to the poet Xabier Lizardi stands outside Palacio Aramburu in Tolosa.
EXPLORE EMPTY CONSTRUCTION
The artistic gem stands defiantly over the sea on San Sebastian's Paseo Nuevo.
EXPLORE HOMAGE TO FLEMING
Enjoy spectacular views from this sculpture of one of the loveliest bays in the world.
EXPLORE DOOR OF THE ARANTZAZU BASILICA
In August 1950, the first stone was laid for the new basilica of Arantzazu.
EXPLORE THE PEACE CROSS
The cross was carved from a piece of alabaster weighing 800 kg.
A friend's embrace, re-conciliation and understanding are part of the universal language of art.
EXPLORE COMB OF THE WIND
A classic stop in San Sebastian. Comb of the Wind by Eduardo Chillida is a perfect fusion of art and landscape.