The local Basque officials have been railroading the decisions taken in New York for the placement of new Guggenheim in nature reserve. The Guggenheim Museum is the heritage of northern Spanish city: Bilbao. Apart from being a driving factor for the Spanish economy, the museum also attracts a large number of tourists through its ancient magic.
Nowadays, attempts are being made to extend the Guggenheim Museum by building its extension in a nearby nature reserve. However, the Basque government has threatened to veto a competition and the local authorities are saying that the construction of the new Museum is going hold an intrusive status against the old Guggenheim Museum.
If the extension project for Guggenheim Museum is given the green signal, the construction will take place in the bucolic surroundings of the Urdaibai Biosphere Reserve – approx 25 miles away from Bilbao. It is being hoped that the people in Urdaibai will have an employment opportunity due to the construction of the museum extension.
The project is being backed by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, which also administers museums in Berlin, Venice and New York. Richard Armstrong – The Foundation Director emphasized in a press conference that he wants Urdaibai extension to be the “first important museum of the 21st Century”.
The Basque government officials are showing signs of distress and anger because the “big decision” of the Urdaibai extension project was not discussed in their presence. “In the extremely crucial decision, the Basque provincial government has only been there to give its “approval” on something that was already decided in New York” – said Javier Gonzalez De Durana: former advisor to the Guggenheim museum.