The Painted Forest of Oma, in Gernika

What happens if art and nature come together? Well, there are works as wonderful as the one we are going to show you today. It is the Bosque de Oma , in Gernika, created by Agustín Ibarrola between 1982 and 1985.

Inside the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve , Ibarrola painted different figures in striking colors on the pines, resulting in a true painting within the forest and an even more vivid nature. Do you want to know more details about this wonder of the Basque Country? Well then we give you all the details and we show you some amazing photos.


Human figures, animals and geometric shapes

Near the Biscayan town of Kortezubi is this painted forest that Ibarrola made by painting human figures, animals and geometric shapes on the trunks of the trees, some of which are only visible from certain positions, since the images of different trunks form a joint image. In order to be clear from where the "canvas" must be observed, some arrows are placed on the ground. In total, the forest has 47 painted figures.


Like in an enchanted forest

The author wanted to unite the technique that in the Paleolithic they used to paint on the rock with a modern trend called land art , which consists of working on nature. As you can see in the images, the result is incredible: spots of color that form figures, eyes and rainbows along the route that will make you feel like in an enchanted forest. What the painter and sculptor wanted was to conceive the Forest of Oma as a sample of the relationship between nature and the human presence.

Adapted for the deaf

The route can be done on foot, by bicycle, with the dog, and it has even been adapted so that the deaf can interpret the itinerary (with sign guides ) but not for the disabled or for baby carriages.