An artwork conceived by Spanish Basque sculptor Eduardo Chillida, who died in 2002, is to be bored into Mount Tindaya on Fuerteventura in the Canary Islands.
The artwork will take the form of a cubic cave, measuring 40 metres (131ft) along each side, and requiring the removal of 64,000 cubic metres of rock from the cave. The roof will be as high as the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, and the floor space could accommodate 6 tennis courts.
Before his death Chillida wrote about the project, 'The sculpture has been conceived as a monument to tolerance and a work of art for the Canary people.'
The president of the Canary Islands, Pauline Rivero, has said that the project will generate 'quality tourism' although it has met opposition from local environmentalists who allege the project breaks conservation rules.
The project has already cost 25,000,000 euros, some of which went towards buying mining rights. The Ben Magez environmental group allege that the project has become mired in corruption.
Ove Arup engineers started working on the project in 2003, developing a feasibility study and mapping the geology of the location.
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