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by Holiday Jo
Kettering, United Kingdom
February 13, 2004
From journal Lanzarote the Lazy Way
December 6, 2004
The house is the perfect presentation of the artist’s sentiments, as Manrique’s creation merges with nature’s own contribution. To greet you at the entrance is one of Manrique’s early colourful wind toys, with the volcanic peak in the background, a real contrast to the simple white arched entrance that takes you through to his magical mystery tour.
The garden is yet another of his masterpieces, blending the volcanic landscape with the palm trees, bright flora, and naturally, the Manrique Cacti. Superb views of the mountains and lava flow are framed through large picture windows, seen alongside modern sculptures or fine specimens of cactus. Not forgetting a colourful Picasso-type mural providing the perfect interim background for more cacti and the foreground for the garden extension in the form of Lanzarote’s own landscape.
Below ground level, within the volcanic "bubbles" are created surreal "Daliesque" living spaces, with beautifully handcrafted furniture set in bright white interiors. Sometimes Manrique left the black volcanic rock exposed, emphasising his "at oneness" with nature and to contrast with the highly polished white floors. Vibrant red is used in other living spaces, with white walls and jet-black floors. And then, in a living space, there is a glimpse of the sky, partially hidden by vegetation from the garden. Natural products abound to compliment and contrast with Manrique’s intrusions.
Walking from one room to another, we pass through an elaborate indoor pool exposed to the elements. I know that’s contradictory, but so is Manrique’s creation. This is a tranquil space, with the gentle sound of water from the various fountains and the bright blue sky reflected in the azure waters of the pool.
Keep an eye out for Manrique’s toilet signs and make sure you pay them a visit.
As you enter the house, there is a small art exhibition, but on the lower floor is a collection of Manrique’s own artwork alongside his collection of those by Picasso, Miró, and Klee. You have to spend time pondering these masterpieces.
From journal Lanzarote - a place in the sun
by I am Matt
Bromley / Central London, London, United Kingdom
July 1, 2003
From journal My Lanzarote Guide
Glasgow, United Kingdom
June 16, 2003
From journal Early Summer Sunshine
by Jill Russell
Hindhead, United Kingdom
February 25, 2005
The upper floor is modelled after traditional Lanzarote architecture but manages to incorporate modern and practical elements such as large windows and open spaces used as galleries for paintings and sculptures. On this floor are the main living room, sitting room, and bedroom. The basement level incorporates the five natural volcanic bubbles that Manrique connected by means of small passageways bored into the lava basalt and continued as living quarters. The cave in the centre houses an unexpected recreational area, including a pool, small dance floor, and oven, all decorated with abundant plant life.
The museum tour is carefully planned for a convenient and enjoyable visit. The intention is to ensure a smooth flow through the white-washed underground passages.
From journal A Week in Lanzarote