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El Parque del Oeste

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.

 


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A View of Andalusia

Happy New Year to you all.  I do hope that this new year and the new decade will bring much happiness to everyone.

Amelia and I spent the holidays visiting my son in Andalusia, Spain, at Malaga.  On first of January the sun was shining beautifully and the temperature in the shade was about 18 degree C (65F).

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There were even a few hardy people (must have been British!) who swam in the sea.

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The public WCs along the beach have always caught my eye.  The imagination and the artistic inspiration of the Spaniards impresses me.

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The outside walls of the buildings were decorated with beach scenes.

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Why should such ordinary buildings not be decorated?

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The WCs were clean and clearly newly painted.

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I think they would amuse the children as well as the adults.

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It was not only the WCs, but many of the recycling bins near the beach were also decorated.

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One last memory for me was the sign on one pet grooming shop in Malaga which did make me laugh.

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Have a wonderful 2020.

    •  Kourosh