The three oxidized iron sculptures jutting out of the rocky coastline looked like massive tongs poised to pluck the wind out of thin air. To watch the sea breeze untangled, we walked to the west end of Ondarreta Beach and the abstract Comb of the Wind sculpture.
The Comb of the Wind is the most emblematic work of Eduardo Chillida, the famed sculptor of monumental compositions. Chillida created this piece as a tribute to the wind and his magnificent coastal hometown of San Sebastian.
Equally inspiring was the multi-tiered public observation deck designed by architect Luis Peña Ganchegui. Abutting near-vertical sedimentary strata, the substantial viewing area consisted of a series of platforms, steps, and open spaces paved with Spanish pink granite.
From our stair-stepped vantage point, we admired the three rusty pincers, gazed out across the blue-green Bay of Biscay, and filled our lungs with deep breaths of freshly-combed wind.
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