With the aim of offering new possibilities for family leisure, the outdoor spaces of the City of Culture have playgrounds for children, ready to be enjoyed. Whale Park, located to the north of the complex, is a space for play and rest that pays homage to one of Galicia’s greatest painters: Urbano Lugrís.
At the centre of this park, there is a whale-shaped structure inspired by the sea monsters of Lugrís, specifically by a painting kept at the Casa dos Pescadores, the Fisherman’s Guild in Malpica, painted as a tribute to the whale hunters of old at the Costa da Morte. This whale rises in the middle of a site recreating a fantastic atmosphere similar to the worlds imagined by Lugrís, with giant pots -more than two metres high- where birch trees and other plants grow, a space with shade, water and vegetation .
The idea of a whale skeleton is present in Peter Eisenman’s writings when he describes the buildings of Gaiás, quoting Herman Melville’s Moby Dick; and the shape of the Gaiás Centre Museum itself reminds many visitors of the contour of a whale. There is, therefore, a connection between these two areas located very close to one another.
This park, designed by RVR architects, is connected to the Forest of Galicia and is the entry point for those who climb the Gaiás along the pathways. Precisely in the access to Whale Park from the Forest of Galicia, there is a second playground for children, fitted with swings made in abstract shapes, designed to stimulate the creativity of the younger ones.
Whale Park also contains a large adjoining green area with meadowland, trees, camellias, shrubs and climbing plants, connected by a pedestrian path to the parking area. This new action, which adds an extra 22,000 square meters to the green areas at the Gaiás complex, includes imaginative and environmentally-friendly solutions such as the use of the luminescent pavement along the paths which draws energy from natural sunlight to provide a dim lighting in the dark.
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