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Image: Walking a Line in Peru, 1972. © Richard Long

Intangible and Tangible Cultural Heritage Entwined


The promoter of the order is the Hon. Montejaque City Council, with NIF: P2907400B and with address at Plaza de la Constitución 4, 29360, Montejaque, Province of Malaga, Spain on behalf of the Fundación Sierra de Libar with registration number: MA- 01423 and CIF: G93403335 and Ayuntamiento de Montejaque, CIF: P2907400B.

Project Manager, Co-Ordinator and Curator: Roanne O’Donnell M.A. President

Project Finance Manager:  Juan de Castro, C.E.O.

Ayuntamiento De Montejaque: Diego Sanchez Sanchez, Mayor | Tamara Nieto García, Assistant to the Mayor.


Grazalema Biosphere Reserve Sculpture Landscape is planned as a public route of Site-Specific Environmental and Community Artworks placed within the 3000 km2 UNESCO nature reserve, here, within the Serrania de Ronda, Andalucia. These artworks will link our White Villages with aesthetic, innovative and contemplative contemporary artistic encounters created by international artists during their residence in the municipalities. In 2024 we begin an Artist in Residence Program to develop and place the first work in this majestic landscape.

The United Nations Assembly declared 2021-2030 as the decade of Ecological Restoration. Fundación Sierra de Libar and Ayuntamiento de Montejaque are working in collaboration with businesses, public bodies, and civil society to restore 13% of this area, ensuring it meets environmental sustainability standards, and in line with our objective of contribute to improving the quality of life through art, music, culture and tourism.

Site-Specific Community and Environmental Art focuses on integrating artistic expressions with the unique characteristics and context of the location or community. In this project, artists will strive to establish a profound connection between their artwork and its surroundings. They will address relevant issues specific to the landscape and its people, encouraging active participation from the inhabitants to cultivate a deeper understanding of contemporary art. The chosen sites will exhibit Artwork in expansive rural landscapes, visible from considerable distances, as well as smaller pieces, thoughtfully placed to encourage intimate and meaningful dialogues. All feasible art genres will be considered.

Central to the project is the integration of an Artist in Residency and a commitment to installing two new works over the next five years. The focal point of the artistic response lies in ecological restoration, environmental improvement, public use, and the enhancement of the Embalse or Pantano de Montejaque area, proposing its inclusion within the protective framework of a «Fluvial Reserve» under Art. 21 of the Andalusian Water Law.

Scheduled for launch in Summer/Autumn 2024, this ambitious project will strive to attract both national and international visitors to the region. With the goal of promoting contemporary art, the endeavour will encompass art commissions and creative projects, establishing a presence in the international art arena.

  • Collaborate between contemporary artists and cultural organizations to create new perspectives for diverse audiences, based on research demonstrating that placing contemporary art at the heart of heritage and cultural programming enables audiences to find their own stories within historic places and spaces. This will involve bringing to life the stories, atmosphere, and architecture of the Hundidero and creating fresh perspectives.
  • Make the project sustainable and commission new work for the region, developing Grazalema Biosphere Reserve Art Landscape’s significance and value in European and international art areas. Launch the first two artworks in Spring 2023, with new work following sequentially over the next five years and beyond.
  • Create an experience that shares the transformative power of art in places.
  • Support artists, curators, critics, study, and critical analysis by establishing a base for creation, inclusion, and exchange, and activate diversity with the inclusion of Outsider Artists and those with physical disabilities and celebrate their rich diversity and uniqueness.
  • Uphold and protect the equitable remuneration of professional artists in accord with the ‘Exhibition Remuneration Right in Europe 2018’ by The IAA Europe, together with the IGBK, the German collecting society VG Bild-Kunst, and the association European Visual Artists (EVA).
  • Promote the transnational mobility of artists and professionals, enabling them to cooperate internationally and internationalize their careers.
  • Develop and promote the pluralism in contemporary art, new genres and New Technology and make concerted efforts to frame programs for the preservation and dissemination of these artforms
  • Enrich people’s consciousness about their heritage, with special emphasis on regional tradition raising awareness of common history and values, and reinforcing a sense of belonging to a common European space.
  • Strengthen audience development to improve access to European cultural and creative works, tangible and intangible cultural heritage, and extend access to cultural works to children, young people, people with disabilities, and under-represented groups.
  • Foster capacity building through innovative approaches to creation, development, and testing of new and innovative models of revenue, management, and marketing for the cultural sectors, particularly regarding the digital shift, and developing new skills for cultural professionals.
  • Continuously impact the evolving inter-community connection and address developing global artistic concerns to sustain Grazalema Biosphere Reserve Sculpture Landscape into the future.
  • Preserve, innovate, promote, develop, and disseminate art and culture within education and social welfare.
  • Work with local communities.
  • Build on relationships and collaborations with heritage sites and art institutions in the local area and worldwide.
  • Integrate arts and culture into the core of the regional tourism offer.
  • Frame programs to encourage and involve youth in creative cultural communications through conferences, festivals, educational institutions, seminars, exchanges, and workshops.
  • Accept public donation and financial assistance from Government, Semi-Government, autonomous bodies, public sectors for meeting the relating aims and objectives of the local and district society.
  • Carry out any activity in perseverance of the above objectives.


Our expertise in project development will be reenforced with collaborators, who have successfully created art landscapes, serving as wellsprings of inspiration and valuable resources in the development of our project.

Among the renowned sites is Nordland Skulpturlandskap (Artscape Nord) in Northern Norway. ….has successfully positioned more than thirty sculptures by internationally acclaimed artists across the three northernmost regions, which collectively constitute over half of the nation’s total surface area. The open-air public art gallery shows work by renowned artists such as Anish Kapoor, Dan Graham and Spanish artist, Christina Iglesias which attract art lovers from all over the world.

The sculptures are strategically positioned in accessible public spaces, fostering free engagement and catalysing positive economic impacts through tourism.

We have cultivated a strong rapport with the regional council and those responsible for its development and continued drift. The …. Astrid Arnøy has enthusiastically embraced co-operation and will prove to be a supportive partner in the advancement of our own project. The collaboration will include an exchange between Spanish and Norwegian artists.



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Montejaque, located in the province of Málaga, Andalusia, Spain, is an historic village within the Grazalema Biosphere Reserve. Positioned approximately 125 kilometers from Málaga, equidistant to Seville, and 21 kilometers from The famous Ronda, it sits over 600 meters above sea level, with the Costa del Sol just an hour’s drive away.

With roots dating back to the Stone Age, with the 20,000-year-old cave art of the Cueva de la Pilota close by. Once a Roman settlements, Montejaque’s true historical significance emerged during the Middle Ages, marked by its Arabic origins and the growth around a vanished fortress (alcazaba). The town’s name, Munt-Šāqir, meaning «sacred mountain,» reflects the epoch when Spain was called El Andaluz. Despite its official population of just over 1,000, Montejaque has faced depopulation challenges.

The village can be divided up into two parts; the upper part, known as «Barrio Nazarí», is a labyrinth of narrow streets which reflect the Arabic influence in the village and where one of the village four street fountains can also be found.

The gradual depopulating of the village that had been going on ever since the end of the XIXth century has been halted thanks to the existence of businesses that restore old disused properties for sale and occupation, either by people who rent for a short time, or buyers. The small industries that exist in the village are also important for the local economy as agricultural work is very limited due to the fact that only 25 percent of the land is suitable for crop farming, in fact only four hectares are able to be irrigated. Of the little activity that does exist the most important crops are the olive and various cereal crops. There are also some herds of goats, sheep, pigs and cows, which add variety to the economic income for the village.

The almost 4500 hectares of land that makes up the municipality is diverse and some particular areas have especially rough terrain and as such the climatic conditions are also sometimes quite changeable.

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Ayuntamiento de Montejaque    Plaza de la Constitución, 4        29360 Montejaque

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