At the farthest western edge of Spain, where it meets the sea and
looks to the setting sun over the Atlantic this desolate landscape
is formed by the constant wind and waves. It is a harsh land, this
tip of Galicia, where the most valued natural resource is the sea.
And on this westernmost point, Finisterre, also known as the coast
of death because of a long history of shipwrecks, perches one of
the most moving pieces of modern architecture, a cemetery for
sailors and fishermen, by architect Cesar Portela. Through May 1,
2006, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York there is a new
exhibit of modern Spanish architecture. For more information, visit
www.moma.org. And visit www.tedwells.com.