Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara


  • Title: Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara
  • Art and Project: Juan Carlos Olabe and Xabier Basogain
  • Collaborators: (see list below)
  • Technique: Painting on metal panel
  • Size: 225 cm x 150 cm
  • Date: March 2022
  • Location: north-west staircase on the first floor

Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara is a work of art that uses a minimalist language created to provide the visitor/viewer a new set of visual experiences

Human visual system: the human visual system is based on a hierarchical set of functional layers. For example, families of neurons in the primary visual cortex detect the orientation of edges or bars of light within their receptive field of the retina. This information in processed by upper layers of the visual cortex to recognize simple patterns such as triangles and quadrilaterals.

In order to recognize a face, a word in a written text, or the shape of a new table, the basic edge detection of the primary visual cortex is processed by successive layers of the visual cortex with increasing image processing complexity. This process involves information that it is not present in the retina. This includes our memory of millions of images that our memory has accumulated throughout a lifetime, the context where the images appeared and how they relate. For example, we walk, birds walk and fly. A sheet of paper also can fly, but this requires an invisible wind. 

Language: in this work, Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara, we provide the mind of the viewer/visitor a new language of image representation. It is a simple language that our minds learn without effort and provides the viewer/visitor new visual experiences.

Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara is a work of art that uses a minimalist language with two unique elements:

• straight lines and simple polygons

• the simple polygons are in only two colors (black and gold)

The viewer / visitor / perceives through this simple language

• a 3D figure (without the use of perspective, shadows, or color gradation)

• a real animal of nature (not a collection of geometric unrelated geometric figures)

• a well-proportioned animal, elegant, with a recognizable pose

Artistic Paradigms: Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara is a work in which we experiment with two artistic paradigms.

  1. The first artistic paradigm is the appreciation of a work of art at two levels, the local and the global. In this work, at the local or micro level (when the visitor approaches the image) there are experiences of contrasts of two colors and basic geometric shapes (triangles, quadrilaterals). At a global, or macro, level, there are experiences of structures (head, body, legs, tail, horse). Patterns of colors and shapes are seen that identify the different structural elements of the work. In the macro view, the viewer unifies sets of simple polygons automatically, unavoidably, without effort, and without geometric ambiguity. Local and global experiences are of a completely different cognitive and aesthetic nature.
  2. The second paradigm experiments with the differential and integral essence of the images of the natural world through the shapes and geometric structures that represent them. In a discretization process, the three-dimensional structure of a horse is broken down into 132 primitive elements (triangles and quadrilaterals). In the integration process, a discrete set of primitive elements (irregular polygons) are combined to form a superior structure (head, body, legs, tail, horse). This artistic experience conveys to the viewer a fundamental idea that they will never forget: everything is a set of parts, and a set of parts make up a whole.

Make of installation Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara

Open STEAM Art

Open space of the EIVG for the creation of the work
  • Open to anyone's participation
  • Open to any open public place of EIVG (corridors, classrooms, windows, stairs,…)
  • Open during execution so that people pass by the work during its execution and see how the collaborators participate; In addition, a dialogue is established between spectators and 'artists' to encourage, to ask questions, to comment, etc...

Collaborative Experience

Collaborative experience in creating Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara
  • Teamwork: several collaborators participate at the same time in carrying out the work, and it becomes necessary and natural to assign roles of direction, execution, monitoring, checking... among all.
  • Time: the time that the work requires allows the participants to share that time commenting on the work, what inspires it, what it contributes, etc…
  • Collaborators:
    • Arantxa
    • Asun Veiga
    • Camilo
    • Eduardo
    • Endika
    • Estibaliz
    • Francisco
    • Iñaki
    • Ismael
    • Itziar
    • Leire
    • Lourdes
    • Luis Mari
    • Mari Carmen
    • María Gastón
    • Maria Jesús
    • Mariam
    • Montse
    • Oscar
    • Rufi
    • Teresa
    • Unai
    • Zuriñe


  • I loved it
  • Evasion
  • I think that collaborating on an artistic work, among other positive facets, can help "empower" us "non-artists" in some way. mila esker!
  • It has been a fantastic experience. Thanks for letting me participate.
  • I loved the initiative 😊
  • It has reinforced the idea of making you feel part of a community
  • I loved it. I would like more people to know about this interesting and collaborative initiative, in which people from all levels of the UPV/EHU in the center have participated.


Graphic design of Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara
  • Colors: 4
  • Geometries: regular and irregular polygons,...


Participation / Collaboration: if you want to collaborate in this initiative (in the EIVG or in any other UPV / EHU center, or in an external center) send an email to xabier.basogain@ehu.eus

Photographs Wall Drawing 2022.Ankara