South Tenerife’s Street Art

Wed, October 5th, 2011 - By Linda

If there is one thing I really like about all the modernization which south Tenerife has undergone in the years I’ve been here, it’s the emergence of street art. The streets of both resorts and inland villages are a treasure trove of art; modern or traditional, quirky or evocative, and most saluting some aspect of the island’s multi-faceted life. They provide backdrops for many a holiday snap too.

Statues of the Guanches, Tenerife’s aboriginal inhabitants, abound in places like Candelaria, Adeje, Vilaflor and Santiago del Teide, tributes to the island’s heritage, but there are tributes to other aspects of Canary Islands history too.

In El Médano a favourite photo spot of many visitors, the seven islands sculpture stands opposite Montaña Roja, seeming to salute the mountain, the work is in two parts.  Sections of natural, Canarian sandstone, carved like pieces of a spine, lie along a wall, whilst nearby a representation of a seven-piece backbone stands tall, seven pieces representing the seven, and united Canary Islands. El Médano, though a small town, is a real home to art, other than the backbone you will find four sculptures representing the four elements, and the quirky fantasy figure, looking out over the harbour from his ample seat in the centre of Plaza Roja.

Even in the island’s prime resort areas of Costa Adeje and Playa de Las Americas an evening stroll can bring you face to face with the unexpected, the beautiful or the, well, odd.

The modern, metallic structures which grace the boardwalk on the Las Americas section of Geranium Walk are probably the best known. They’ve served as background for many a romantic sunset holiday photo. In fact, you usually have to queue to get your shot whilst others take their snaps.

My personal favourite is in Costa del Silencio’s main street, where some 1920s-style bathers with a weirdly menacing aura idly pirouette in a Gaudi-inspired pool, as their water overflows into the grid below. In nearby Las Galletas you will find a more traditional scene, depicting a couple in traditional dress, mending fishing nets, a salute to the town’s fishermen,.

Another favourite for visitors can be found by the main beach in Los Cristianos, where the humps and fins of whales appear to emerge from the pavement. Whenever I pass there are always people taking snaps of their family mounted on a whale’s back or lounging against a tail.

I’ve mentioned only a few of the many examples of art which you will find in the streets of resorts from Playa San Juan to El Médano, and also in the inland villages you visit, like Adeje or Arona. See how many you can spot on your travels.

Posted : Wednesday, October 5th, 2011 at 9:12 am
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