Anything But Paella

Old photos and modern sculptures in Guardamar

It’s a summer of art in Guardamar del Segura. There are two exhibitions that you may find fascinating, intriguing, or not-so-interesting depending on your personal perspective. Both are free though, so why not visit and see what you think?

Over one hundred years ago, the engineer Francisco Mira Botella was responsible for the reforestation of Guardamar’s sand dunes saving the town from being buried by the drifting sands. He was also a keen photographer and catalogued the people and the towns of the area. Guardamar’s Casa de Cultura (closed Sunday and Monday) currently has a large number of his black and white photos on display which offer an incredible insight into life at the beginning of the 20th century. As well as local scenes, he also captured the faces of the people and family groups.

A fifteen minute walk away on Avenida de Cervantes is an altogether different display. Asturian artist Juan Méjica has created a series of huge metal sculptures which dominate the pedestrian central section of the road along its entire length. Some are easy to understand like the tree (!) but the Woman of the Sun takes a bit more imagination and the Bull divided our opinion. Mrs Paella thought it was a dog whilst I thought it was a whale. I still don’t see the bull!!

You can see the photos until the end of August.
The sculptures will stay in place until 7 October.

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