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Art Deco in Ferrol

There wasn’t much deco in Ferrol. We found two nice squares and this one, the Plaza de Espaňa, had a deco building on it:-

Plaza de Espaňa, Ferrol

A Banca:-

A Banca, Ferrol

Close-up showing deco detail on rounded corner:-

A Banca Close-up

Balconied Deco:-

Art Deco Building in Ferrol

More Art Deco, Ferrol:-

More Art Deco, Ferrol

Art Deco in Avilés (iv)

Corner Deco:-

Corner Deco, Avilés

More corner deco:-

More Corner Deco, Avilés

La Voe de Avilés. “Rule of three” in the middle of the balconies. Good railings; and that compass dial above the door is a neat touch:-

La Voe de Avilés

Balconied Corner Deco:-

Balconied Corner Deco, Avilés

A more moderne style. Springfield:-

Moderne/Deco, Avilés

There’s a stunning mural of a ship and castellations at upper level here. Art Deco “rule of three” on the corner. I think this was the Play House Cinema:-

Mural, Avilés

Art Deco in Avilés (ii)

The most stunning deco/moderne building we came across in Avilés was this very rectilinear infant and primary school. Colegio de Educacion Infantil e Primaria, “Palacio Valdes”:-

Art Deco in Avilés, Education

Doorway, note canopy:-

Art Deco Doorway, Avilés

The clock tower and face is great. Note flagstaff – plus “rule of three” in windows on gable end:-

Art Deco in Avilés

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

The first thing that strikes you as you look from a ship in dock at Avilés, Asturias, Spain, is the stunning set of Modernist buildings below which collectively make up the Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre or Centro Niemeyer.

Stitch of two photos:-

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

View looking back from the walkway to the town, Reflections in the Ria de Avilés:-

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Closer View showing stylised flower sculpture:-

Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, by Ria de Avilés

Dome and Auditorium (curved building):-

Detail, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Auditorium with “stick” horse:-

Close View, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Stairway and vents:-

Stairway and Vents, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Tower:-

Tower, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

Dome, SS Black Watch in background:-

Dome, Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre, Avilés

“Stick” horse detail:-

Horse Detail, Oscar Niemeyer Centre, Avilés

Stylised flowers, Avilés in background:-

Stylised Flowers, Oscar Niemeyer Centre

Dome and Tower:-

Dome and Tower, Oscar Niemeyer Centre

Flowers and Avilés:-

Niemeyer Stylised Flowers

Low rise building. (It’s multi-purpose. It seemed to house the restaurant/café):-

Low Rise Building, Oscar Niemeyer Centre, Avilés

Auditorium reverse angle:-

Curved Building, Oscar Niemeyer Centre, Avilés

Auditorium and tower:-

Curved Building and Tower

Edited to add: Actually on closer inspection that “stick” horse may be a “stick” woman.

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:-

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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:-

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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

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.

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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