In 1967, the Lanzarote artist César Manrique was hired to be in charge of the artistic direction of the Costa Martiánez project. His signature can be seen in all corners of the complex, bringing a traditional Canarian aesthetic. Moreover, during its construction, the artist designed a large number of sculptures and monuments that he placed on the Costa Martiánez Complex for the enjoyment of all visitors.
The second of the mobile sculptures that César Manrique called Juguetes de Viento.
This group of mobile sculptures, conceived from laminated iron sheets, represents the erosion and ageing caused by the sea in human architecture. A symbol of the advance of time.
The base comprises perforated basaltic stone.
This is the first of the two sculptures called Juguetes de Viento conceived by César Manrique.
It consists of a mobile structure of steel cones on the trunk of a eucalyptus tree surrounded by ponds and vegetation.
It represents the symbiosis of the natural, the eucalyptus trunk, with the artificial, the rotating metal horns driven by the wind.
La Jibia (squid) is a sculpture to be enjoyed by children located in the children’s swimming pool of the Los Alisios zone. It has different tunnels that liven up the game and bright colours. Built in rendered concrete painted red and white, with green eyes made with the bottom of glass bottles.
Rendered and roughened concrete sculpture that represents static concrete waves crashing into each other, in contrast to the dynamic waves of the water. Its base forms a small labyrinth for children to use and enjoy.
Bust of César Manrique constructed in bronze.
César Manrique (24/04/1919 – 25/08/1992). Born in Lanzarote. He is the most international, avant-garde Canarian surrealist artist in Spain. He held large exhibitions all over the world, with those in Houston and New York particularly standing out. He designed Lago Martiánez on a serviette in a pizzeria in Puerto de La Cruz.
Sculture of sarmentose roots symbolising the unconscious, the neurosis and the libido. Dedicated to one of the most brilliant minds of psychoanalysis of the 20th century.
This is a naval architecture allegory that takes sea elements, such as tarpaulins, masts and chimneys to set the ambience of a cocktail bar.
The “water crater” (first water sculpture) represents a contrast to what a volcano is. A volcano spits out fire and lava and has formed the geography of the Canaries. A water volcano is life and serves to fill the lake water.
César Manrique has incorporated two waterfalls into the landscape of the Costa Martiánez Complex. His admiration of nature and the care with which he treated it meant that it took him over an hour to place the waterfall stones, in order to achieve the perfect sound. This is how the historian Francisco Galante, who had a close relationship with the Lanzarote artist, wrote about it in this interview.