Statues - Hither & Thither
Puerto del Rosario
Avenida de los Reyes de España
Equipaje de ultramar
Sculpture of several items of luggage, bags, a trunk, a hat, an umbrella, without their owner. It commemorates the unknown number of islanders who emigrated to Cuba, Venezuela and Uruguay during the impoverished 1940s and 1950s.
Made during the first Simposio internacional de Escultura of Puerto del Rosario in 2001.
(In the left background of the right photo you see the bust of Roque Calero Fajardo).
From 'Puerto on foot, a cultural route to discover the capital city', identical with the English text on the sign:
"Tribute to the round-trip migration phenomenon. This is the testimony of the Majorero who emigrated in other times and that today receives a whole multicultural community in his own land. lt is a nostalgia picture of the traveller and his luggage loaded with memories."
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.