The work of Eduardo Chillida and the Concrete Sculpture and the Modern Architecture

    25-27 October 2018 | Gijón (Spain)

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The Workshop

WHEN: October 25, 26 and 27, 2018


25 October 2018: Elogio del Horizonte
Cerro de S.ta Catalina
33201 Gijón, Asturias, Spain

26-27 October 2018:  Espacio Cultural Escuela de Comercio
Calle Francisco Tomás y Valiente
33201 Gijón, Asturias, Spain

eduardo chillida sculpture InnovaConcrete case study

The Workshop is address to: 

  • Conservation Professionals
  • Professional Councils
  • Students of Universities
  • Specialty Craftsman and Restorers in Concrete Heritage
  • Public Administrations
  • Researches working in Cultural Heritage Conservation


  • To disseminate the targets, challengers and first results of Innovaconcrete project.
  • To disseminate the knowledge of concrete heritage conservation of the 20th Century with special emphasis in the sculpture and art craft heritage.
  • To promote citizen awareness around concrete heritage and specially aroud the work of Eduardo Chillida as an example of the concrete sculpture heritage



18.00 | Welcome – Kukai Dantza performance at the Elogio del Horizonte sculpture

Kukai Dantza for InnovaConcrete Gijon workshop


Elogio del Horizonte
Cerro de S.ta Catalina
33201 Gijón, Asturias, Spain


9.00 – 9.15 | Registrations

9.15 – 9.30 | Welcome

Elogio del Horizonte: A symbol of Gijón city

9.30 – 9.45 | The InnovaConcrete Research Project 

Innovaconcrete Workshop and Introduction Presentation | María J. Mosquera, InnovaConcrete Project Coordinator, University of Cadiz

9.45 – 10.45 | Magisterial Conference

Concrete Heritage in the Sculpture and Art Craft | to be determined

10.45 – 11.15 | Coffee Break

11.15 – 11.45 | Concrete heritage: Aproches, Pathologies, Conservation techniques & products

Conservation Approaches: Challenges and Principals for concrete conservation and intervention | Gunny Harboe, ICOMOS

11,45 – 13.05 | InnovaConcrete Project: Scientific targets and preliminary results

  • Materials for preserving historic concrete: Impregnation techniques vs. Coatings | Maria J. Mosquera (20 min)
  • Techniques and tools for validating performance & durability of conservation materials | Ita Blano (20 min)
  • InnovaConcre Case Studies: Choice, sampling and in situ validation | Maria Teresa Blanco (20 min)
  • Discussion (20 min)

13.05 – 14.00 | InnovaConcrete Project: Social targets and preliminary results

  • EU 20 and 100 of noteworthy 20th Century concrete heritage | Susana LandroveICOMOS + DOCOMOMO
  • ICOMOS ISC20C Heritage Benchmark Document: Approaches in Conservation for Concrete Heritage | Kyle NormandinICOMOS
  • Discussion (15 min)

14.00 – 15.30 | Lunch (60 minutes)

15,30 – 16.30 | Significance and Values of Chillida work:

  • Introduction of Beatriz Matos
  • Meaning and heritage value of Sculptor Eduardo Chillida work. Round Table: Luis Chillida, Lorenzo Fernández-Ordóñez, Alberto Cobo

Moderator: Fernando Espinosa de los Monteros

16.30 – 17.30 | InnovaConcrete on Site: El Elogio del Horizonte

  • Sampling, Treatments and next steps in Eduardo Chillida Sculpture | Lorenzo Fernández-Ordoñez
  • Analysis of Social-economic value of Heritage Concrete: Results from E. Chillida Case studies | Adolfo Chica or other partner from WP6
  • Presentation of user-friendly web interface containing reconstructed in 3D case studies: Torroja buildings | Fabio Cerioni, Techedge
  • Discussion

17.30 – 18.30 | El Elogio del Horizonte Technical Visit 

18.30 | Closing Remarks

María J. Mosquera, InnovaConcrete Project Coordinator, University of Cadiz

Gunny Herboe, Chair of InnovaConcrete Awareness Committee, ICOMOS


Espacio Cultural Escuela de Comercio
Calle Francisco Tomás y Valiente
33201 Gijón, Asturias, Spain


9.30 – 10.30 | Photographical expo “La escultura de Eduardo Chillida documentada por Jesus Uriarte” (Centro de Cultura Antiguo Instituto)

Explanation of the photographer, Jesus Uriarte

10.30 – 11.00 | Awards – Selfie photo contest awards ceremony  

Luis Chillida and Jesus Uriarte will give the prizes to the 2 categories winners

11.00 – 11.30 | Coffee break

11.30 – 13.00 | Technical visit to the works of the “Concurso de Escultura Eduardo Chillida” made by students

Teachers and students talking about their vision of the works

Practical Demonstrations

A stand with practical demonstrations of products and techniques developed in InnovaConcrete (materials and plasma atmospheric device) will be available during the complete session. A stand showing information about the other case studies (including sampling videos, information about concrete from monuments..) will be also available.


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