The Oma Forest

Bizkaia foru aldundia - diputación foral - Omako Basoa - El Bosque de Oma

An Orchestra in Nature

The Oma Forest, one of the best known works of Basque artist Agustín Ibarrola, belongs to the movement known as Art and Nature, which emerged in the late 1960s and sought to place works of art in nature, using the landscape as a backdrop, support and raw material.

The work is located in Kortezubi (Bizkaia), and comprises various groups of geometrical figures and motifs painted on the trunks of Monterey pine trees. Its use of a natural, living canvas, its play of two- and three-dimensional images, the way in which it places visitors and their journey of discovery at the core of the art and the wide range of reactions that it inspires make this a benchmark of the Art and Nature movement in general and of Basque art in particular.

More about the project

Agustin Ibarrola

Born in Bilbao in 1930-2023

Learn more about the creator of the Oma Forest. Agustín Ibarrola is a Basque artist who combines traditional pictorial art with a contemporary, avant-garde style.

Places of interest near the forest

Discover other tourist attractions near the Oma Forest, such as the Santimamiñe Caves, the Basondo wildlife shelter, the Urdaibai Bird Centre, the Euskal Herria Museum, the Peace Museum and the Assembly House in Gernika and the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve.

Artwork created by Agustín Ibarrola ©Government of Biscay