Cristina Iglesias

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Internationally acclaimed Spanish installation artist and sculptor, Cristina Iglesias, presents two major sculptures at the Sainsbury Centre, UEA. This free Sculpture Park display places Iglesias’ work in dialogue with Norman Foster’s iconic Sainsbury Centre building.

Celosía XI (Hafsa Bint Al-Hayy) (2006) consists of seven terracotta screens that evoke the lattices in Arab architecture. Iglesias co-opts their traditional geometric patterns by incorporating words into the structure of the screens. Passing through the enclosures is akin to reading passages of text. The title refers to the celebrated Andalusian poet Ḥafṣa bint al-Ḥājj ar-Rakūniyya (1135–1191).

The immersive installation Vegetation Room III (2005) is a defined architectural space. The interior walls are casts of organic vegetation. The combination of natural and architectural elements complements the aims of the Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park: to bring together art, architecture and the natural environment.

Iglesias and Foster have collaborated on a number of projects. Iglesias’ sculpture can be seen in front of the Bloomberg Headquarters, London, which was designed by Foster. She has also created a canopy for the façade of the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid.

Both works are free to view in the West End Sculpture Garden as part of the Sculpture Park, which includes nearly 20 works from notable artists such as Henry Moore, Elisabeth Frink and Antony Gormley.

Download a trail map of Sainsbury Centre Sculpture Park below

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Visit Cristina Iglesias’ website here


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Tickets: This is a non-ticketed event


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Presented by Sainsbury Centre

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In collaboration with Marian Goodman Gallery and Cristina Iglesias Studio.

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