Sculpture 'Bihar' ('Tomorrow' in Basque language)(R, down), by Mexican artist Ruben Orozco, is seen in a estuary in Bilbao, Basque Country, northern Spain, 22 September 2021. Luis Tejido/EFE/Newscom
Residents of Bilbao, Spain, were greeted with an unsettling surprise on Thursday when they discovered a statue in the river that appeared to be a drowning woman.
The 264-pound fiberglass figure was placed in the River Nervion by the BBK Foundation, the charitable arm of Spanish bank Kutxabank, as reported by Spanish news website Nius, according to Reuters. As tides in the river rise and fall, the statue is at times uncovered and at other times submerged — generating discussion among those who pass by.
"At first, it gave me a feeling of stress when more of the face was out of the water, but now to me, she communicates sadness, a lot of sadness," visitor Triana Gil was quoted as saying. "She doesn't even look worried. It's as if she is letting herself drown."
BBK said the statue reflects what could happen if people continue to bet on "unsustainable models," such as those that contribute to climate change, according to the report.
Ruben Orozco, a Mexican hyperrealist artist, created the enigmatic figure, naming it "Bihar" ("Tomorrow" in Basque). Orozco created the statue for a campaign by the BBK Foundation, aiming to make people aware that "their actions can sink us or keep us afloat."
Other artworks that Orozco has worked on include a life-size statue of a lone woman sitting on a park bench. The statue was titled "Invisible Soledad" and was discovered by the public two years ago, sparking a debate about the isolated lives of the elderly.
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Original Author: Asher Notheis
Original Location: Unsettling drowning woman statue on view in Spain