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El Parque del Oeste

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I am taking a side step here away from gardening and following Kourosh’s lead on the artwork we saw in Malaga.

The Parque del Oeste leads down to the sea to bisect the coastline at right angles.

 

Being so close to the sea it is not surprising that the statuary often has a nautical theme.

Mermaids…

or sirenes can be found in the long pools.

But often the statues can be difficult to classify.  To me this is a female with a pigeon’s head and a pelican tucked under her arm.

Normally, rather stand-offish about art, I found that the statues were very amusing and their appeal grows with familiarity.

In addition, the statues are not confined to the pools but you come upon them as you pass through the park.  The llama is very appealing and a favourite mount for young visitors while proud grand parents take their pictures.

The little donkey is close by under an olive tree and I feel all the local children must have a photograph of them beaming astride the donkey.

Some of the statues are of a more mythical flavour and I would call this one the winged Minotaur.

This is clearly a snail and it appears to have attracted a drove of adoring turtles.

Some of the statues take you be surprise like this pig’s head poking out of a porthole in a cement wall.

This shadow scene has no problem in using a plain wall to make an impact.

What I see is the fun that the sculpter wished us to enjoy in the park with his statues of his musicians.

Is this an anteater with a lobster claw snout?

Is this a winged sewing machine?

I could go on but I’ll leave you with my favourite.  The Audiobook Reader.

Not all the statues are attributed but all the ones I saw were attributed to Stefan von Reiswitz.

I have not found out much about this artist apart that he was German but chose Malaga as his home and died in May 2019 at the age of 87.

 

Author: afrenchgarden

Born in Scotland I have lived in England, Iran, USA and Greece. The house and land was bought twelve years ago in fulfilment of the dream of living in France that my Francophile husband nurtured. We had spent frequent holidays in France touring the more northerly parts and enjoying the food, scenery, architecture and of course gardens. However, we felt that to retire in France and enjoy a more clement climate than we currently had in Aberdeen we would need to find somewhere south of the river Loire but not too south to make returning to visit the UK onerous. The year 2000 saw us buying our house and setting it up to receive us and the family on holidays. The garden was more a field and we were helped by my son to remove the fencing that had separated the previous owners’ goats, sheep and chickens. We did inherit some lovely old trees and decided to plant more fruit trees that would survive and mature with the minimum of care until we took up permanent residence. The move took place in 2006 and the love hate relation with the “garden” started. There was so much to do in the house that there was little energy left for the hard tasks in the garden. It was very much a slow process and a steep learning curve. Expenditures have been kept to a minimum. The majority of the plants have been cuttings and I try to gather seeds wherever I can. The fruit trees have all been bought but we have tender hearts and cannot resist the little unloved shrub at a discount price and take it as a matter of honour to nurse it back to health. This year I have launched my Blog hoping to reach out to other gardeners in other countries. My aim is to make a garden for people to enjoy, providing shady and sunny spots with plants that enjoy living in this area with its limestone based subsoil and low rainfall in a warm summer. Exchanging ideas and exploring mutual problems will enrich my experience trying to form my French garden.

7 thoughts on “El Parque del Oeste

  1. How lovely that we get to vacation with you, and enjoy the sights and culture.

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  2. What lovely sculptures… I am a sucker for this type of sculpture… out of the imagination!

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  3. This sculpture park looks more fun that Yorkshire Sculpture Park (Britain), although if you’ve not been to YSP before it would no doubt provide some amusement 😊. We’ve probably been too many times. Anyway, lovely to see something from a city I’ve never visited. Makes me want to go!

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