The artist Irantzu Lekue and the architect Izaskun Urkijo created a project that captures the history and customs of the villages through which the old ‘train’ passed
The interventions will begin with an original painting proposal for the interior of the newly restored tunnel of Cicujano, and also includes the installation of a sculpture next to the Olaranbe walk
Ramiro González recalls that the Basque-Navarro route is a commitment to the future in favour of the environment, sustainable mobility and green tourism
Vitoria-Gasteiz, February 15, 2019. The general deputy of Álava, Ramiro González, presented this morning the project ‘Bidearen Aztarnak. Footprints of the road ’that includes, for the next five years, artistic interventions in the tunnels of the Vasco-Navarro greenbelt, as well as other interactive and creative proposals that walkers and cyclists will meet along their route. “While looking at our history, this project also wants to look to the future with an important commitment to value, even more, this greenbelt and the towns it surrounds,” said González, who stressed that the project “seeks to give prominence to the greenbelt of the Vasco-Navarro rail track recovering the memory of the ‘little train’, studying the customs of its residents, in its old offices, its way of life and its culture ”.
The artist Irantzu Lekue and the architect Izaskun Urkijo, authors of the project, exposed their work in an act in which the town councils of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Elburgo, Arraia-Maeztu and Campezo, as well as the administrative boards of area were present
In this context, the deputy general highlighted the participatory nature of ‘Bidearen Aztarnak’ and encouraged the villagers to take part in the project, which “seeks to capture, through artistic techniques, the past and future of these peoples conditioned by the passage of the train that allowed the development of the area and which, reconverted into a greenbelt, and is a new opportunity and example of sustainable development, ”said González. Specifically, the project included proposals for the six Vasco-Navarro tunnels (Trokoniz, Huecomadura, Laminoria, Cicujano, Atauri and Fuenfría), as well as the construction of a sculpture in Olaranbe. All interventions show metaphors and tributes to the environment, the result of research on the past and present of their peoples.