despite concerns…

Spanish authorities have revived plans to construct the late artist Eduardo Chillida’s vast, artificial cave in a Canary Island mountain, despite concerns over potential damage to ancient engravings on the mountain’s summit.

Design for the interior of Chillida’s “monument to tolerance”.

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The €75m Tindaya mountain project on the island of Fuerteventura has been the subject of fierce debate for almost two decades.

Around 64,000 cubic metres of rock will be removed to create a massive cave, taller than a ten storey building.

Chillida’s hope was for individuals “of every colour and every race” to experience “utopia” and the immensity of space.


Chillida, who died in 2002, first outlined his plans for a mountain cave in 1985 but only settled on Tindaya in 1994, after considering and abandoning sites in Sicily, Finland and Switzerland. He referred to the project, regarded by many as his most ambitious, as a “monument to tolerance”.