Columbus Cornered: One Season From Each Corner
Columbus, Ohio 1995-1996. 32 pieces of 18 x 29 inches (in four polyptychs). Oil on canvas on board.
Exhibited 1998: Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Ohio. In the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art
My first major project in America consists of four panoramas comprising a total of 32 works painted at the corners of West Second and Michigan Avenue in Columbus, Ohio. Painted over a one-year period, each panorama depicts a single season.
The series is based in a city of flat orography and a predominantly gray light. This uniformity in the horizon and in the light led me to create some mirror symmetries and correspondences from these four angles, creating particular rhythms.
I was supposed to paint in all weather conditions, including the harsh winter of the Midwest. And that of 1996 was even historical, inhuman. But the fascination of the snow made me persist even at minus 20º. And by then I was still without proper clothing. Even coming from León, one of the coldest cities in Spain, I had never suffered those icy winds in my life. I put plastic bags inside my boots. I tried as hard as I could until returning home to defrost by the radiator, eat something to resurrect, and back to the cold to resume my painting.
Finally I completed the whole series. Not only was it exhibited with great success at the Columbus Museum of Art, but remained as a permanent collection of the museum. The acquisition was made possible by a donor who had made his fortune making hula-hoops. As James Thurber said: “Columbus is a town where almost everything is likely to happen and where almost everything has,” 
 James Thurber, My Life and Hard Times, (New York, 1973), 60-61.
Text published in “America, the Beautiful”. Madrid, Iberoamericana Vervuert, 2014 ISBN 978-84-848-9769-9 Pags 235 -239