Take a Tenerife trip to see salt art of Toscal La Longuera. Find it in
Calle La Pintora which makes a u-turn behind the block of buildings
opposite the Shell service Station. By the way, this was not the case in 2015 because of sudden heavy rains. Therefor, less design was put up in the main road of Toscal Longuera after the rains. The following picture gallery also emphasizes the rest of the impressive Corpus Christi decoration with its two magnificent portals. The salt carpets joined the two town gates.
Notice them crouching, lifting, stretching and bending knees and backs to reach the road surface with heaps of colored salt.
Virtually every salt carpet starts off with a large sheet of butcher paper which was slightly glued to the ground. There, drawings and also wooden stencils help the craftsmen making salt carpets. They serve to fill in salt in strategic points to create different designs.
All the street art was a continuous theme of large carpets of salt joined by small salt rugs. The latter were composed of no more than three colors with simple ornaments in their middle. The Realejos emblem was imprinted in one big Alfombra de sal (salt carpet) street rug. Its design looked very neat.
Later by 6.30 p.m., he would hold mass at the village church Toscal Longuera which is called Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
There, many bags of salt were used in its front to create the biggest carpet of the neighbourhood. In the afternoon, the priest would lead on the church parade to round off the day. All carpets would be trampled in its process by the feet of actively participating church members. They would be part of the Corpus Christi street procession.
By the way, more and more suburbs in Tenerife North create street carpets with salt for Corpus Christi. The last ones I spotted were in the fishing village Punta Brava and on Plaza de la Iglesia the church Place by Café Ebano.
By the way, the earliest known street carpets near Tenerife were composed of salt, way back in 1930 in Lanzarote until the end of the Franco era. The most spectacular street covers are the Corpus Christie Orotava flower carpets with most striking Tenerife street art of volcanic sand.
In fact, there is a new trend for Corpus
Christi street carpets made of salt in more and more locations on the
island. Often, it happens in several suburbs of a town, such as in
Puerto de la Cruz in Punta Brava as well as in its hub.
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