Statues - Hither & Thither
Puerto del Rosario
Calle León y Castillo / Calle Primero de Mayo
Suso MachínJesús Machín Santana
Puerto Cabras (now Puerto del Rosario) 1922 - Puerto del Rosario 2010
painter and poet
Silverio López Márquez
Statue of Suso Machín, sitting with a pigeon in his right hand and a book in other hand.
On the book:
"Puerto Cabras, Suso Machin, 5-10-2001"
From 'Puerto on foot, a cultural route to discover the capital city':
"Seated near the pigeons in the square that so many times he depicted, this tribute represent this popular painter, who portrayed repeatedly our town under its former name Puerto de Cabras in the 30's. He was also a writer, who compulsively put down experiences and memories of that time. The church of 1824, the Cabildo, the Dirección lnsular del Estado or the old Hotel Fuerteventura – which was Unamuno's dwelling during his exile in 1924 – are silent witnesses that shared that time with the artist."
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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