Statues - Hither & Thither
Puerto del Rosario
Avenida Ruperto González Negrín / Calle Almirante Lallemand
The Lookout ManSculptor's title: El Marinero
Statue of a sailor looking out an pointing towards the ocean. The sculpture presents this sailor as an emblematic representative of Fuerteventura, but also as a symbol of the Majorera culture, of the importance of the sailors in Puerto de las Cabras (until 1957 the name of Puerto del Rosario).
The statue was donated to the city by the Fundación Puertos de Las Palmas. It was unveiled on 12 May 2003.
From 'Puerto on foot, a cultural route to discover the capital city':
"lt represents the fisherman scanning the horizon of Puerto del Rosario in search of the silhouette of a sail, the shape of a boat carrying the fruits from the sea to the port. lt is a tribute to those who did such a tough job in the origins of the city. lt is a tribute to the worker that, in other times, awaited the arrival of the coasting traders to take care of the port duties as a supplement of their home finances."
This does not agree with the 2003 newspaper article about the unveiling.
The town of Puerto del Rosario advertises itself as 'Ciudad de la Esculturas' (City of Sculptures) or 'Parque Escultórico' (Sculpture Park). Over 150 sculptures are scattered around the town (most of them are abstract and not on this website).
Many of these sculptures are the results of the 'Simposios internacional de Escultura' (International Sculpture Symposiums), organised yearly from 2001 to 2006, and further in 2008, 2014 and 2015, by the sculptor and town council member Toño Patallo. At each symposium the sculptors are supplied with a different common material (Betancuria stone, Bermeja Mountain stone, white marble, iroko wood, ivory cream marble, etc.) and work for a few weeks in a place open to the public. The sculptures made during the symposiums are placed in the public space.
There is no 'Sculpture Park' in the real sense of the word. The whole town is the 'park'. However, there hardly any information about the sculptures. The town plan Mapa Calejero / Street Map Puerto del Rosario from the Tourist Information office (April 2018) lists 26 sculptures with their titles (but no dates or sculptors), and a 2016 version Puerto a pie, un itinerario cultural para descubrir la capital (downloaded in December 2017 as on-line PDF) lists only 16 sculptures with full information.
Jo Evans, 'Visual British Hispanism and the Puerto del Rosario 'parque escultórico'.' Bulletin of Spanish Studies 92, 3 (2015): 453-479.