The forest of Oma – a unique and philosophic installation in the open air!

The forest of Oma – a unique and philosophic installation in the open air!

We bet this is one of the most unusual artistic installations you have ever seen!


At the beginning of 1980s Spanish artist Agustin Ibarrola decided to create an installation that would make it possible for people to see the close connection between Mother Nature and humans. As a result, he painted forest trees located in the Oma Valley in the natural Urdaibai reserve, Basque Country, Spain.

All the paintings resemble totemic images as if they were created by some ancient animalistic tribes. Interestingly, if you look at the paintings from different angles, you may see different pictures and geometric shapes. And while walking through the forest, you may even see moving images. That’s why the place is often called an animated forest.

Today, the valley of Oma is visited by hundreds of people. They wander about the forest and contemplate this original installation, which combines the pristine beauty of nature and human art.

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28 Comments
Judith D Hopkins
Beautiful, imaginative and moving!
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Jun 9, 2016 8:10PM
Paul Sterling
Paul Sterling
probably look better without the paint if you ask me
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Jun 9, 2016 8:25PM
Barbara Anders
Barbara Anders
Why would anyone be allowed to deface beautiful trees like that? He should be arrested for graffiti
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Jun 9, 2016 8:26PM
La Quicha Onsumnushyt Paxton
La Quicha Onsumnushyt Paxton
You people are weird would you rather him cut the tree down and use the paper... Some people are never happy... A wonderful expression of Art in a natural way
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Jun 9, 2016 9:08PM
Kelly Tyler
At the risk of being a square, I don't really care for this, I feel like the trees have been violated. I think they are more beautiful in their natural state.
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Jun 9, 2016 9:13PM
John Schurman
Bunch a tree huggers!
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Jun 9, 2016 9:23PM
Yolanda Solis
I would love to see it! Very original and artistic!
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Jun 9, 2016 9:42PM
Rosemary Richardson Hunt
I like unpainted trees better.
2
Jun 10, 2016 12:16AM
Dot McGhghy
Dot McGhghy
its not defacing they are no cuting they are still growing so it didnt hurt them
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Jun 10, 2016 1:16AM
Jan Sydnam
Jan Sydnam
Hmmm! Paint on trees...natural? Hahahaha! Maybe to city slickers, not to nature lovers. The toxins from the paint seep into the bark. Have you painted yourself lately! Trees are naturally beautiful, don't require urban grunge!
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Jun 10, 2016 1:36AM
Tyler Kline
Tyler Kline
yeah, this is not that impressive
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Jun 10, 2016 2:28AM
Diana Chica
Interesting, would love to visit there someday.
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Jun 10, 2016 2:42AM
Sandra Goins Van Meter
He ruined the naturalness of nature!
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Jun 10, 2016 4:05AM
williamrlaughlin
La Quiche Onsumnushyt Paxton Why is the only alternative to defacing these trees, cutting them down. There is another option: respecting nature and leaving it's natural beauty alone for others to enjoy, too. It may be an expression of art, but are the trees his to deface? And paint on trees is FAR from natural.
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Jun 10, 2016 4:13AM
williamrlaughlin
So, if it's not defacing because it doesn't hurt the trees, what would you think if someone spray painted your house? Would it be defacing then? If so, why is it any different with the trees?
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Jun 10, 2016 4:16AM

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