Spain art in Tenerife stands on Plaza de España, the central town square, like a lost tourist looking out onto its new lake.
The photo shows you a Guanche sculpture from its back. No artist name
is marked on it. It was created by Enrique Cejas Zaldívar (1915-) who called his work El Gerrero.
The huge piece of art is facing an empty Plaza de España lake, while standing totally free.
The brick works of an ancient castle gateway supply olden days contrast in the lake background. This whole town square called plaza has become a piece of art.
The Monument behind which is not depicted is a classic landmark.
However, the idea of the single Guanche statue which stands where pedestrian walk has so much more artistic appeal.
By the way, the Guanche, who was, realistically, reproduced in bronze by Tenerife Spain art is all the more impressive.
His neolithic people fell with him to defend freedom. In fact, the Guanches lost their liberty.
Discover interesting little modern art sculptures of the Guanche fertility goddess Chaxiraxi. Actually she is an adoption of the Tara from Gran Canaria.
You find her at the Casa de Artesania' of the' Casa de los Balcones'.
However, the Tourist office shop at Casa de la Aduana in Puerto de la Cruz seems to have more sizes for sale. Also there, the sculptures are available in two colors.
It's remarkable that the colors of the building on the right and the new Santa Cruz mural in the street blend in so stunningly. Also the white wall behind sets off to perfection the black base of the graffiti.
This painted Spanish Graffiti mural is not more than a 10 minutes walk from Plaza de España.
The historic buildings of
Church Nuestra Señora de la Concepción are behind the Graffiti, which please, click to enlarge... This and the old tower from year 1786 give you a picture of Tenerife history. However, this particular Graffiti may be perceived as the spoiling of culture with aggressive modern art. The mellow evening light rounds off an aura of gloom.
The cut off head which stands on the street floor in front of a bistro bar looks rather weird, but modern.
Encounter it in one of the side streets near the commercial city center, where the Guanche bronze sculptures were displayed. You find street art sculptures on many a street corner in the Tenerife capital. This is different from what I have seen on mainland Spain, such as in Denia. While Spanish street art there was often made with rough black metal, sculptures in Santa Cruz are mainly made of stone or bronze.
There is a precious little park with old trees and a pavilion in its center.
Notice its unusual modern sculptures of Spain art. More are in other corners of the park... They look like gray men who are resting from work. This little oasis at Plaza del Principe is behind and to the right of the Plaza of the giant Guanche sculptures.
This court yard Plaza is almost facing the first Tenerife Corte Ingles which was closed for good in April 2015.
It represents the so called 2nd empire architecture of the Canary Islands. Its theme with slender ladies, angels and dragons
is a mixture of Greek classic, Baroque and Spanish colonial art. The latter is not quite the same as the Portuguese Manueline art,(arte do Manuelino) which dates back to the times of overseas discoveries and conquests. But, the intriguing Spanish art is as interesting as its Portuguese art cousin. The sculptures were done by Edouardo Tarquis and Teodmiro Robayna. The building belongs to a private club called Circulo de Amistad XII de Enero. (Friendship circle January XII) Tenerife Clubs like this had started to be trendy since the middle of the 19th century.
Unfortunately, the shows and events of this private club are not for everybody.
The 2 traffic signs behind it almost frame it.
A bizarre, comical affect in this context of Spain art and commemoration of a historic town figure...
The latter is also to be found in the same vicinity as all art examples above.
Of course, there is much more Spain art in form of sculptures to be discovered on bridges, streets and town squares all over Tenerife Island.
Next comes a woman with a basket full of Terracotta pottery. She carries the heavy load on her head. This sculpture in the Tenerife capital is also by Julio Nieto.
Much of his creations contribute to Puerto de la Cruz street art.Corpus Christi with photos of Orotava sand and flower street carpets...
Not to forget is that Parque Garcia Sanabria Santa Cruz has a permanent flower carpet. It surrounds a floor sun clock in this huge Park. By the way, this trophy of a garden within the Tenerife capital displays good Spain art, such as metal and stone sculptures inside as well as outside by the park.
Click the picture to discover more about these unusual and extraordinary, artistic displays in Puerto de la Cruz.
There, also encounter the biggest nativity scene exhibitions of all Canary Islands.
The picture beside was such an attempt. I did this color Photoshop drawing exercise in computer school, many years ago. The image portrays La Tenerife Corona. That's the border of the island's forests when the crater Cañadas del Teide takes over. This computer art creation of the webmaster of the Insider for the holiday home in Tenerife should be seen as an interesting try. Right? Be welcome to comment to it below...
Sand art by la Orotava carpetNativity art
Spain metal wall art...
Mind that he shares his name Velasquez with one of most famous Spanish celebrities.
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