The 11 hectare garden features beech, oak and magnolia trees and more than 40 monumental sculptures. The main exhibition space, the Zabalaga Caserío, a traditional Basque country house which dates back to the 16th century, was restored by the artist himself and hosts small scale works made of corten steel, iron, alabaster, granite, chamotte clay, plaster, wood and paper.
Eduardo Chillida, Echoes
Inside the Zabalaga country house is an exhibition dedicated to the Peine del viento [Comb of the Wind] series, one of the artist’s most emblematic bodies of work. Room five of the museum contains 10 sculptures from the series (which consists of 23 works in total). The central piece of the series is the Peine del viento XV, a public monument installed in front of the sea against the foothills of the city of San Sebastián, where the rocks meet the horizon. This sculpture series was a constant throughout Chillida's entire artistic career from 1952 onward—the year he created his first Peine [comb] and dreamed of installing a sculpture against the horizon.
“La escultura debe siempre dar la cara y estar atenta a todo lo que alrededor de ella se mueve y la hace viva.”