LOCALS and tourists in Torremolinos may have wondered about the giant bronze and stone sculptures which appeared in the centre of town in January 2016.
They are the work of a Ceuta-born artist, Elena Laveron, who agreed to loan the eleven sculptures to the coastal town until April 2016 as an open-air museum exhibit, which can be ‘touched and experienced’.
Ms Laveron’s work is also exhibited at prestigious locations around the world, including the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid, the Unesco headquarters in Paris and the Guggenheim in New York.
The Torremolinos exhibition, called ‘Poesia Multiforme’ can see viewed in the Plaza Costa del Sol, part of the town that is currently being transformed into a large pedestrian zone.
The sculptures on-loan include ‘Danza griega’, ‘Familia sentada’, ‘Mujer banco’, and ‘Caballo’, which were created over nearly four decades.
Malaga writer Manuel Alcantara believes that the sculptor “tries to make stone flicker and makes not only her own heart beat but ours as well.”
Torremolinos Mayor Jose Ortiz praised the installation and said it “transmits emotions and touches the heart.”
The decision to invite Ms Laveron to select pieces for the popular holiday resort was driven by an initiative to regenerate the area around Plaza Costa del Sol and Avenida Palma de Mallorca, which once fully pedestrianized, will showcase an array of multicultural activities from the world of art, music, film, theatre, literature and gastronomy.
Elena Laveron’s exhibit will pave the way to an enriched cultural environment in the town and hopefully attract even more visitors, once word gets out that there’s a new cultural hub on the Costa del Sol.