Statues - Hither & Thither
Puerto del Rosario
Ofrenda al Mar
Offering to the Sea
Granite sculpture of a sectioned seashell. This type of conch or 'bucio', was used by the Canarian aborigines as an element of communication when emitting a deep sound when blown inside with due skill.
OFRENDA AL MAR
From 'Puerto on foot, a cultural route to discover the capital city', identical with the English text on the sign:
"lt is located in the middle of the sea promenade of Los Pozos. Again, this selected conch invites the walker to a meeting with the sea, regaining the maritime vocation of the city. This kind of conch or bucio was used by the Canary aborigines as comunicative element. since it gives out a deep sound when blown skilfully."
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.
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