La Orotava, Corpus Christi on Tenerife 2009 – Part 1

Posted: June 17, 2009 in art, Life, Photos, Spain, Tenerife, Travel
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An evocative image made from sand and soil

An evocative image made from sand and soil

I always like to take a trip up the hill to La Orotava the day before the main Corpus Christi celebrations to watch the alfombristas (carpet makers) put the finishing touches to the main sand tapestry outside the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall).

The weather hasn’t been kind to the alfombristas this year. An unseasonable heavy downpour of rain a couple of days ago must have caused a few squeaky bum moments, but a sloping canopy saved the wonderful work of art. An alfombrista told me it’s actually the idea of wind that…errr puts the wind up them, so not the disaster it could have been.

This years offering is quite magnificent, as good as that of two years ago and the centrepiece is an incredibly vibrant image despite being created solely from volcanic soil. Don’t take my word for it, here’s a preview of the near finished masterpiece which will be unveiled in all its glory tomorrow.

The Centrepiece of the Sand Tapestry 2009

The Centrepiece of the Sand Tapestry 2009

Have a look at more images here.

  1. Jack as I mentioned on the other site, I think your photos are stunning! So clever to include the artists putting on the final touches as they give scale to the pictures. Really the best I have ever seen.

    I enjoy reading all you write!

    Regards, Canarybird (Sharon)

  2. dragojac says:

    Thanks Sharon, that’s high praise indeed coming from you.

    I find the people involved in making the carpets as fascinating as the carpets themselves…but the whole affair is so photogenic isn’t it.

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