Stunning Street Scenes on Tenerife, the Sculptures of Julio Nieto

Posted: January 10, 2011 in art, Photos, Spain, Tenerife, Travel
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Anyone who’s walked past the wonderful sculpture of the fishwife in Puerto de la Cruz is already familiar with the work of Julio Nieto. But pretty though she is, she’s only the conventional tip of the iceberg when it comes to his creations.

Some of his other sculptures are products of a vivid and fantastical imagination that clearly knows no bounds. So it was with childlike delight that we discovered a street exhibition of his work in La Orotava’s plaza when we visited between Christmas and New Year.

I can’t do them justice with mere words, so I’ll let the images speak for themselves.

  1. Sarah Lee says:

    Wow these are fantastic sculptures and great photos. Thanks Jack!

  2. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jack Montgomery. Jack Montgomery said: These are just mind blowing – if you get the chance you should seek this guy's work out […]

  3. Meryl says:

    I saw some of these last Feb / March in Santa Cruz and think they are fabulous. Thank you for the reminder.

  4. Phil Crean says:

    Love sculpture and these are a side to Julio I hadn’t seen, thanks for posting.
    Great photos, especially the hand stan one!

    • anna says:

      This one (the hand-stand one) is actually on display at the public library in Santa Cruz – just saw it there yesterday in fact…really beautiful, the title is “Loco de amor”, loosely translated “head over heels in love” (in this case, heels over head haha…). At the base of the sculpture, the floor is covered with single sheets of paper with cliché love one-liners, at least a hundred…quite a feat.

      • dragojac says:

        I wondered where they lived when they weren’t on the streets. Love the idea of the floor being littered with love letters…that bit wouldn’t really have worked outside unfortunately.

  5. dragojac says:

    Cheers, they’re pretty amazing sculptures. I particularly like the hand stand guy even if bits of him seem to defy gravity 🙂

  6. islandmomma Life on a Small Island and Beyond says:

    Saw them in Adeje last summer and they blew my mind. It was the first time I’d heard of Nieto. The setting wasn’t nearly so attractive, on what is a pretty ordinary kind of street, where the cultural center is sited. La Orotava looks much more appropriate…not to mention your photography does them full justice. I loved Icarus especially. They had the same effect on me that a good fantasy movie or book does, a willing suspension of disbelief, and a longing to be in that alternative universe.

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