Faro de Ajo. Bareyo, Spain
“It has been a unique experience, both because of the artistic challenge that it has brought about for me, as well having carried this project out in my homeland,” states Okuda about his artistic intervention on the Faro de Ajo. Now the lighthouse has become a unique symbol: it is the first to be artistically intervened along the entire Spanish coast, and this has been carried out in such a way which also respects its original function of assisting ships as a maritime signal, while attracting public to the site.
The theme that Okuda chose for this location alludes to the natural wealth of the region by representing local fauna and, with its textures, the cultural diversity of a modern and open Cantabria, which is connected to the world.
As the first of its kind, the lighthouse has generated again a dialogue between the more traditional approach to art in public spaces, and the renewed -and more transformative- vision that the artist promotes.
Nonetheless, more than 45,000 visitors were recorded in the first moth after the conclusion of Okuda’s painting.