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Monument to the Basque Sheepherder

Orreaga by N. Basterrechea

In Search of Equilibrium - VIII 
by Mikel Lertxundi

Basque Sculpture

The Monument to the Basque Sheepherder
A striking monument, entitled Bakardade (Solitude) by its creator, noted contemporary Basque sculptor Nestor Basterretxea, is located in Rancho San Rafael Park on the north side of Reno, Nevada. Read more details on the Basque Monument page.

Basque Art in Reno, Nevada
Read about the Monument and other works of Basque art found in the area in the newsletter article, “Basque Art in Reno, Nevada.”

The sculpture Orreaga by Nestor Basterrechea is displayed in the lobby of Getchell Library at the University of Nevada, Reno. It is on loan to the University from José Ramón Cengotitabengoa and Gema Egaña de Cengotitabengoa.

A three-piece sculpture entitled In Search of Equilibrium - VIII was donated to the Center by the artist, Mikel Lertxundi, who visited Reno in summer of 1990 to prepare and open an exhibit of works inspired by the Western U.S. Lertxundi describes the world as three concentric circumferences: in the nucleus, molten iron; on the crust, stone; and finally, vegetation or wood. He works with these three fundamental elements to achieve a harmonious balance honoring nature.

Lertxundi also created a sculpture in 1994, Path of Equilibrium, for the Reno City Hall. Again, Lertxundi used the main elements of the earth for his materials: stone (granite from Nevada), wood (oak from California) and iron. The 9 x 6 x 6-foot sculpture, in its composition and materials, is designed to reflect the life processes of birth, life, and death.


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