Illa do Covo

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Illa do Covo

Illa do Covo | Wikicommons. Autor: juantiagues

Illa do Covo | Wikicommons. Autor: juantiagues

Where art and architecture converge

The "Sculpture Island" or "Sculpture Island Park" is a unique space located in the city of Pontevedra. Also known as Illa do Covo, the place is located on the Lérez River, near its mouth into the Pontevedra estuary. Originally it was a natural islet, but over time and urban interventions it has become connected to the urban area through bridges, becoming a kind of peninsula.

The Sculpture Island Park was created in the late 90s, its main purpose being to revitalize an area that was in a state of semi-abandonment, turning it into a green and cultural for the city. As its name indicates, the main attraction of the area is the sculptures. Two symposiums were held, the main one on granite sculpture between 1999 and 2001, in which twelve international artists created site-specific works. Each of the works reflects the artist's vision of the relationship with art and nature.

Beyond of the sculptures, the park itself It is a very pleasant green space to walk. With an area of around 24 hectares, it offers a great biodiversity of flora and fauna, which makes it a green lung for the city. In addition, being located on the banks of the Lérez River, it offers beautiful views of the river and the surrounding landscape. 

Access to the Sculpture Island Park is free. It is an ideal place for both lovers of contemporary art and for those who simply want to enjoy a pleasant walk in a natural environment, without moving too far from the urban center. A perfect combination of art and nature, a space that reflects the rich sculptural tradition of Galicia while offering a place of rest and contemplation for residents and visitors of Pontevedra.

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