Statues - Hither & Thither
Puerto del Rosario
Calle Virgen del Rosario
Miguel de UnamunoMiguel de Unamuno y Jugo
(Bilbao, Biscay 1864 - Salamanca 1936)
Spanish essayist, novelist, poet, playwright, philosopher, and Greek professor and later rector at the University of Salamanca
Statue of Miguel de Unamuno with a book in his hands, standing in front of the Casa Miguel de Unamuno.
From 'Puerto on foot, a cultural route to discover the capital city', identical with the English text on the sign:
"On 20th febraury 1924 the Spanish dictator Primo de Rivera ordered the suspection of the Greek professorship that Don Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo held in Salamanca, as well as his thismissal as bice chancellor in that University and sent him into exile in Fuerteventura. His stay in the island and his living with the majoreros meant an important change in the cultural life of Puerto del Rosario. His i nfluence still remains throught his everlasting interpretation of the lsland ldentity and there is a constant recognition to this writer, professor and philosopher of international stature."
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.