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Can Ginebreda Forest
Sculptures of Xicu Cabanyes
It would not be out of place to classify Xicu Cabanyes as an unusual artist and his work as being out of the ordinary. In the field of art, in which it is so hard to find creators with fresh ideas or who have something new to say, it is refreshing that there is a unique artist (as Cirici Pellicer described him) who, above all thanks to Can Ginebreda Forest, offers us the gift of an unforgettable experience: art and life, nature and artifice in a unique combination.
The use of forests or parks as a site for works of art, particularly sculptures, is not unusual in itself: we can recall other experiences. although conceptually far-removed, such as those of Bomarzo or the Kroner-Müller park in Holland.
However, neither of these projects can be considered similar to that of Can Ginebreda Forest, due to the vital, personal intensity of the experience and its overall flexible nature.
This forest, popularly known as “Xicu’s Forest”, is located in the municipality of Porqueres, some six kilometres from Banyoles, on the road to Olot via Santa Pau. It consists of around 40,000 m2 of typically Mediterranean forest, with oaks, holm oaks, pines, junipers, arbutus berries, holly, hawthorns… and sculptures!