Hondalea reopens its doors

Inside Hondalea
Inside Hondalea

The 2022 season is open for visits to the island and Hondalea, with prior booking. The artistic intervention will also include a programme of guided and educational visits, through which both the work and the environmental secrets of the island of Santa Clara in San Sebastian will be revealed.


The work of Cristina Iglesias brings a renewed conception of the practice of sculpture

Excavated inside the hollowed-out lighthouse house, Iglesias's work incorporates the peculiar geology and ecology of the Basque coast and the fierceness of the ocean waters surrounding the island.

The work of Cristina Iglesias brings a renewed conception of the practice of sculpture. Her search for a poetic and symbolic commitment between the works and the space is always materialised in an aesthetic, visual and dynamic display.

Cristina Iglesias, from her own sculptural language, intervenes and transforms a remote place in the city, turning it into a symbol of the defence of ecological causes and environmental conservation.

The lighthouse house

For many years, the lighthouse on Santa Clara Island in San Sebastian has stood empty and abandoned.

Inspired by the wild nature of the island, so close to the city, and the remarkable geology of the Basque coast, the sculptor Cristina Iglesias has created a work that transforms the interior of the Lighthouse House, restoring it and turning it into an awe-inspiring sculptural environment. The fused geological strata and water sequences transport the visitor to an experience of deep time.

Reaching the island by boat and viewing the rocks and waves from the paths leading to the lighthouse is essential to Iglesias' idea of Iglesias and his sculpture for this unique place.

Beyond the transformation of the lighthouse, the island, so present in the city, maintains at the same time its mystery, and remains untouched.

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