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Art Deco in Getxo +

By the riverside on our approach to the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge I spotted this beauty:-

Getxo Art Deco 1

The doorway had some fine detailing:-

Getxo Art Deco 2

This port/marina building is also in the deco/moderne style. Spot two ships’ funnels behind it:-

Art Deco, Getxo 3

Closer view. It’s like an 1930s airport tower only with porthole windows:-

Art Deco, Getxo 4

Reverse view looking back to Getxo. Those “English” buildings are prominent to the upper left. The main part of Getxo itself is off to the right:-

Art Deco, Getxo 5

There was another Fred. Olsen line ship docked at the same time as ours, the Boudicca. Both are seen here from the pier approach:-

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SS Black Watch. The bow has a very angled rake:-

SS Black Watch at Getxo

Getxo Monuments

In the afternoon we had a chance to take a walk around Getxo (pronounced Get-zho.)

View from jetty leading out to berthing point. The main part of Getxo itself is to the right here:-

Getxo, Biscay Province, Basque Country, Spain

This is the view off to the left:-

Vista of west Getxo

This monument to a 700th anniversary (1248-1948) is mysterious as unfortunately any other wording is no more. It lay near the junction of the main road with the one to the jetty near to the large “English” houses:-

Getxo Memorial

Getxo must have one of the longest promenades I’ve seen. I thought Kirkcaldy’s was long but Getxo’s seemed to last for ages. At the other end of it near where the Ria Bilbao meets the sea proper at Las Arenas was a Monument to Evaristo Churruca. It’s in that monolithic fascist style:-

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 1.

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 2

Getxo, Monument to Evaristo Churruca 3

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 4

Monument to Evaristo Churruca 5

Art Deco in Bilbao

We didn’t see much Art Deco in Bilbao and the only buildings we did see were through the coach’s windows.

This one had a magnificent tiger-shaped finial. click on photo to get to my flickr and zoom in on the detail:-

Art Deco Building Bilbao

La Equitania is more moderne than deco. Good clock though:-

La Equitania, Bilbao

This one looked decoish from a distance:-

Art Deco Features, Bilbao

The close-up is blurry and with reflections as it was snatched rather than composed:-

Detail of Bilbao Building

Telefonica/Movistar. Art Deco rule of three in corner windows:-

Telefonica/Movistar Bilbao

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Home of Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao.

Through coach windows hence blurry:-

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Stadium with crane in foreground:-

San Mamés Stadium and Crane

Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Telefonica tower to left, San Mamés Stadium behind it:-

Bilbao panorama

San Mamés Stadium:-

San Mamés Stadium, Bilbao

Edited to add:- I meant to say the stadium looks a bit like a spaceship has plonked itself down in the middle of the city.

You can find images of the San Mamés here.

Bilbao

Bilbao sits in a bowl of hills with the Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao running through it.

View towards South Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea:-

Towards South Bilbao

Panorama from Aretxbaleta Bidea (stitch of three photos):-

Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea

Bilbao is a stunning city but due to its surrounding hills is very compact.

Buildings across Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao from Guggenheim Museum:-

Buildings across Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao

University Buildings from fountains outside Guggenheim Museum:-

Bilbao University

Bilboa Opera House:-

Bilbao Opera House

Mural Under Salbeko Zubia Bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao:-

Mural Under Salbeko Zubia Bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Bilbao

River view:-

View from Bilbao Bridge

The river loops through the city. Another bridge view:-

Another Bilbao Bridge View

Telefonica tower throuugh trees:-

Telefonica Tower, Bilbao

Telefonica tower:-

Telefonica Tower, Bilbao

More Guggenheim

“Umbrella” feature on the exterior:-

"Umbrella," Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Internal structures:-

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Internal Structure, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

More Interior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

We were told these iron spirals were built in before the roof and walls were put up. As you walk round them the walls bend in and the space around you is changed:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, First Exhibit

Fountains at the edge of the external plaza:-

Fountains outside,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior Exhibits

There are external and internal exhibits at the Guggenheim.

The steel spheres are Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor. They are surrounded here by FOG, an installation by Fujiko Nakaya. The mist switches on every so often:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, FOG and Reflections

The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao FOG + Spider Sculpture

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider

Tulips by Jeff Koons:-

Jeff Koons Tulips, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao + Bridge

Puppy by Jeff Koons. A giant West Highland Terrier covered in flowers. The flowers bloom at different times of the year so the exhibit is always changing. From Museum:-

Jeff Koons Puppy,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Puppy, museum in background:-

Jeff Koons Puppy, Front

Puppy and museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  and Koons Puppy

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The attraction, for me, of the cruise we decided to take was the opportunity to visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, whose url I note has a Basque Country (Euskadi) stem.

Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum building is distinctive and idiosyncratic. It has no straight lines in its construction.
This view is from Aretxbaleta Bidea in the hills above the city. The Salbeko Zubia bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao is in the middleground here in front of the museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea

This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-

Model,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

The musuem from road and tramway:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Closer view:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Moving towards entrance:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao 4

Part of exterior:-

Exterior, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Exterior (other side):-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior

There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-

Man Clearing Waterway,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Getxo, Port of Bilbao

Getxo is in the Biscay Province of the autonomous region of the Basque Country, in northern Spain. Nowadays it acts as the port for Bilbao. More ships can moor there than can make it up the river to Bilbao itself. The day we were there we took an organised coach-trip into Bilbao to make sure we would see the Guggenheim Museum. The photos I took through the coach windows all have a slight greenish tinge as a result.

There are some fantastic buildings on Getxo sea-front, built, we were told, by English people who came to make their fortunes in the 19th century.

This one had some deco styling:-

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Impressive building (and hedging):-

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Deco elements to the chimney stacks here (and some rule of three):-

Sea Front Building, Getxo

Old wall, newer buildings:-

More of Sea-front, Getxo

Curious rounded elements to the left here like car park ramps or fortifications:-

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They are just balconies, though:-

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Lorient’s Art Deco Crown; Chambre de Commerce

This fine Art Deco building in Lorient, Brittany, France was just across a bridge over the inlet of the river, Le Scorff, from the modern Art Deco in the previous post.

Chambre de Commerce de Lorient et du Morbihan:-

Lorient Chaber of Commerce

Close-up of pediment:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce Pediment

Doorway:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce Doorway

Corner view:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce, Corner View

Side view upper detail:-

Lorient Chember of Commerce Side View Upper Detail

View from side street:-

Lorient Chamber of Commerce, Extension?

The nearer doorway in the photo above has Tribunal de Commerce in the stone at the upper level:-

Lorient, Tribunal de Commerce

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