Cultural activities during the Spanish courses: An excursion to the Painted Wood.
Last weekend we decided to go to the Oma or the Painted Wood, which is situated in the Urdaibai Nature Reserve. In the morning we took the bus to Kortezubi and our walk began from there.
We had to walk for almost 30 minutes to the entrance of the wood and from there to the place where the trees were painted. It is a lot of effort but the walk to the entrance is marvellous and it is worth it.
We arrived at the wood where we found tall autochtonous trees like pines, oaks and chesnuts. It was a difficult walk, ideal for those who love hiking, but the nature made our walk more enjoyable and refreshed us.
Finally we arrived at the Oma Wood: it represents an artistic work created by the sculptor and painter Agustín Ibarrola between 1982 and 1985 and it can be classified within the modern trend of L and Art.
The work was carried out by painting human figures, animals and geometrics on the trunks of the trees( principally pines).
On first inspection the paintings do not tell us anything because most of the images are only visible from certain positions. The painter conceived the Oma wood as a sign of the relationship between nature and human presence.
Near the wood you can find the Santimamiñe cave, where they have found remains and cave paintings dating from the Upper Paleolithic of the Magdalenian period.
In conclusion, we can say that the Oma Wood is a really beautiful place and without a doubt an original work; an excursion to the Oma Wood is highly recommended.
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