The capital of the island of Fuerteventura began years ago an initiative that, over time, has become a beautiful open-air museum proposal. More than one hundred sculptures decorate everyplace in the city. Carvings, stones, bronze… they are beautiful sets integrated in the landscape.
That’s why Puerto del Rosario has received the nickname of The City of the Sculptures and squares, little squares and roundabouts that represents the artistic spirit of important sculptors.
Everything revolves around La Explanada, the historic centre of the town and the place chosen to erect an allegorical fontain that in its composition portrays and pays tribute to those who made possible the development of a ‘puertense’ identity. The summit of the sculptural concept is the figure of a woman in his dual role of mother and worker.
Tributes and claims, like ‘Equipaje de Ultramar’, made in bronze in 2000 by artist Eduardo Úrculo, as a reminder to those ‘majoreros’ who had to migrate looking for sustenance and waiting better times.
The tribute to the Moon, The Offering to the Sea, The Twin of Wells, ‘El Podenco Canario’, ‘Las Caracolas’, ‘El Vigía’, ‘Tarabilla’, ‘El Pescador de Viejas’…
The open air museum of Puerto del Rosario has items for all artistic preferences: traditions, biological endemic species, popular characters of Fuerteventura, the maritime airs of the island, the fishermen of the area…
We do not see a better way of discovering the way of life and popular customs of the ‘puertenses’ as well as the history of this Canary Island, that taking a walk through the streets of Puerto del Rosario and being surprised by the set that may appears in front of us.
Image in Public Domain: Wikicommons/Oscar Benito Fraile