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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Viva Vibrancy

This week’s Thematic Photographic prompt from Carmi is ‘Vibrant’. According to my dictionary this can refer to people, colours or music. Living here in Lanzarote I appreciate the influence of the artist and architect, Cèsar Manrique, for whom we must thank, among other things, keeping our island from falling victim to the monstrous high-rise developments which have blighted other popular holiday destinations. 



This is one of his smaller wind sculptures, just outside his home, which is now a huge visitor attraction. Lanzarote is dotted with many examples, large and small, which bring their own vibrancy to the island.


His house, now Fundacion Cèsar Manrique, where he entertained many famous celebrities of the 60s and 70s, is made from a series of old volcanic bubbles and is testament to the vision of this creative genius. Celebrities of the 60s and 70s flocked to see the wonderful house. The mosaic mural above is in the garden of the house, and I only wish that the curators would remove the cacti which have gown steadily in front of it over a number of years. In my view these prevent us from appreciating the full grandeur and vibrant colours. Others may not agree with me, and perhaps Manrique himself would see it as a manifestation of that symbiosis between man, nature and art, which he championed.

13 comments:

  1. The azure blue sky sets the art work off a treat. I'm looking at the collage of grey out of my living room window and longing to join you, Little Nell!

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  2. absolutely vibrant!. nell, u r right on w/the theme.

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  3. Oh, I love that mural! But it really needs a hot blue sky and dazzling white walls to show it properly. Can't think it would look good in old grey UK!!

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  4. That is a wonderful wind sculpture. It would be great to see it in motion. I like a lot of color in my world but I think people would think I was getting out of control if I created that wonderful mural.

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  5. I fell in love with Cesar manrique when I first visited Lanzarote - I love his house and visit every time I go back. I'm sure one day when I take my boys they'll want a lava bubble bedroom too!

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  6. You are so right about the cacti, they detract, and distract one, from the mural, but just picture it over here even when the sun is shining. There'd be no cacti, but the whole thing would have been over-written by the tags of the local dickheadery.

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  7. Oh yes! I should say very vibrant!....what totally clear and crisp photos! Great TP!

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  8. That garden looks like a nice place to walk around sipping a cool drink. Love that mural!

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  9. Wow, did this guy have vision! I must learn more about him: Thank you for the prompt, and thank you for the inspiration!

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  10. That magnificent wind sculpture looks great in Lanzarote. It would be out of place in my garden thought. It needs your blue sky and warm winds to show it off.

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  11. Fabulous artwork, I really do need to return to your lovely island.

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  12. Ive been here too - its amazing! Am also so jealous of the beautiful blue sky. Scarlett x

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  13. I remember seeing some great public art and sculptures in the Canaries (can't remember which islands - have been to a few, maybe it was just Lanzarote where I saw them) ...and loving them!

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