May 22th 2024 | 3:39

Bilbao

The Guggenheim pier under construction

The Guggenheim pier under construction

Jeickson Sulbaran

April 19, 2024 | 9:05 a.m.

Includes insurance of six million euros for the iconic Louise Bourgeois sculpture

The iconic Maman spider, created by Louise Bourgeois and located outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, is more than a sculpture; It is an emblem of contemporary culture and art in the city. Given the need to carry out works on the Abandoibarra dock, a meticulous plan has been implemented that not only seeks to renew the river structure, but also protect this valuable artistic asset.

The works, which include the replacement of 32 ornamental concrete panels along the pier, are designed to preserve the integrity of the promenade and improve its aesthetics. The deterioration of these structures had been a growing concern, and this project hopes to not only restore their original function but also enhance the beauty of the museum's surroundings.

An investment in the culture and safety of Bilbao

To ensure the safety of the Maman sculpture during construction, Bilbao Ría 2000 has put out to tender an insurance policy for an impressive amount of six million euros. This insurance will cover any potential damage that could occur during the renovation, a testament to the importance the city and its cultural managers place on artistic heritage.

The Guggenheim pier under construction

Specific protection includes robust fencing around the sculpture. This fencing is designed to withstand adverse conditions, such as high winds and vandalism, ensuring that Maman remains intact and protected from any construction activity. Additionally, strict protocols have been established for handling materials near the work, with clear prohibitions on lifting any object that could compromise the safety of the sculpture.

Coordination and financing of works at Guggenheim

The total cost of the project amounts to more than 620.000 euros, with funds from the Bilbao City Council and the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge. The execution of the works is planned to last ten months, but this period could be adjusted depending on the museum's activities, especially during the peak visiting season in summer.

This project not only reflects a commitment to the conservation of cultural heritage, but also to the continuous improvement of Bilbao's urban infrastructure. The renovation of the pier will not only improve the safety and aesthetics of the area, but will also reaffirm the Guggenheim Museum's place as one of the most important cultural destinations in Europe.

Through these initiatives, Bilbao Ría 2000 demonstrates its ability to balance the needs of urban development with the preservation of art and culture, ensuring that Bilbao's cultural legacy remains strong and safe for future generations. The integration of advanced protection measures and careful planning underscore the city's dedication to its cultural icons and its role as a leader in cultural and urban management.

In the renovation project of the Abandoibarra dock it is not only an engineering and construction work; It is an affirmation of the cultural and aesthetic values ​​of Bilbao. As the city continues to grow and evolve, the protection of its artistic treasures remains a priority, demonstrating that urban development and cultural preservation can go hand in hand for the benefit of all citizens and visitors to the province of Bizkaia.

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