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Polyphemus. José Ramón Anda 1993

Park of Antoniutti

This piece, which is some six metres tall and represents the great eye of the Cyclops Polyphemus, is a compendium of the artist"s constructive principles: the search for limits, symmetries, the beauty of bare material and the expressivity of emptiness. The work of José Ramón Anda reflects his skill and respect for the media (wood, iron, granite, steel, bronze) he uses to create synthetic works to express complex thoughts.

Cypress woman. Alfredo Sada 1990

Vuelta del Castillo

This piece reveals the sculptor’s admiration for Brancusi, for natural forms in their pure state and the synthesis of primitive nature. The piece would seem to sprout proud from the earth or to be nailed into it, threatening and dangerous, albeit sensual at the same time. Formally, it is both categorical and simple.

The Mari Blanca. Luis San Martín 1790

Park of La Taconera

This beautiful allegory of Beneficence or Abundance crowned a fountain in the Plaza del Castillo for more than a century until it was replaced in favour of a wooden bandstand in 1910. First, it was taken to the Plaza San Francisco and then to the gardens of La Taconera in 1929. It is a design by the Madrid painter and Academy-member Luis Paret.

Kings of Navarre

Paseo Sarasate

Several initiatives were instigated in 1895 to make Paseo Saraste more attractive. One of these involved six statues of Spanish Kings from Madrid’s Royal Palace These statues formed part of the architectural scenography designed by the architect Sachetti for Madrid’s Royal Palace during the reign of Philip V.

Monument to the Fueros. Manuel Martínez de Ubago, 1903

Paseo Sarasate

Built by public donation, this monument was raised to commemorate and defend the historical privileges of the Old Kingdom. It was designed by the Pamplona-born, Modernist architect Manuel Martínez de Ubago. Five thick columns represent the five districts of Navarre. There are five bronze sheets which allude to the freedom of Navarre and five sculptures by Ramón Carmona, allegories of History, Justice, Autonomy, Peace and Work. The female figure in bronze at the top of the monument is an allegory of Navarre. In her hands, she holds a broken chain, symbol of the freedom earned, and a parchment, the Foral Law.

Carlos III. Francisco López Hernández, 2004

Carlos III, next to the Plaza del Castillo

Bronze sculpture of the King of Navarre, bearing in his hand the Privilege of the Union, by which the three burghs of Pamplona were united into a single, walled enclosure, a single city, in 1423. Some of the details, such as the Fleur-de-lis on his dress or the crown, were taken by the Madrid sculptor from the King’s tomb in the Cathedral of Santa María.

Monument to Ernest Hemingway. Luis Sanguino, 1968

Beside the Bullring

This bust was the Council’s tribute to the North American writer whose works brought worldwide fame to the city of Pamplona. A regular at the San Fermin fiestas, the monument shows the Nobel prize-winner leaning on a barrier watching a Bull Run. And, of course, the bust is located on the route of the Bull Run itself, before it enters the Bullring

Monument to the Bull Run. Rafael Huerta, 1994

Calle Roncesvalles, near to the Bullring

This sculpture immortalises a moment in which two runners attempt to redirect a bull which has lagged behind the herd, a typical scene from the Bull Run. The work, in patined bronze, captures all of the movement and effort of the race. The artist reflects the emotion of the famous San Fermin Bull Run in this work.

Sancho III the Great. Alberto Orella, 2004

Park of la Media Luna

A sculpture recently unveiled to commemorate the thousandth anniversary of the King who extended Pamplona’s dominions to previously-unconquered areas. The two shields represent the vast territories over which Sancho III the Great (1004-1035) reigned. The Pamplona-born sculptor, Alberto Orella, is a thorough, metaphysically-inspired artist, who surprises us here with a figurative piece.

Sculptures in the city

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