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ashbourne, United Kingdom
January 9, 2011
From journal Lanzarote with a young baby
April 5, 2005
Local artist César Manrique decided to celebrate the beauty of his island home by building restaurants, cafés, and shops in an underground lava tunnel!
From journal Lanzarote-The Vulcano Island in the World!
by Jill Russell
Hindhead, United Kingdom
February 25, 2005
From journal A Week in Lanzarote
Dunfermline, United Kingdom
December 29, 2004
From journal Lanzarote
December 5, 2004
Having entered the site, you immediately start to descend through lush vegetation, huge cacti, and suspended above you, a gigantic ship’s anchor. Your attention will now be drawn to the natural arched cave in front of you, enclosing a pool. This is a confirmation of Manrique’s dedication to his beloved island and its heritage. Here, in a seawater lagoon, is the home of a unique species of white, blind crabs. They are extremely small creatures but seem to glow brightly in the dimly lit cave. Light reflects from both sides of this natural tunnel and although the walk down is not difficult you will need to watch your step. As you walk from end to end, clusters of white dots flick through the pool –- I’m not sure if the crabs are very nimble or just move with the gentle currents in the pool.
Using the natural features of the volcanic eruption, Manrique formed a unique theatre using part of the crater, a prestigious restaurant, and a fascinating garden. As you ascend from the crab pool, you’ll be faced with a celebration of colour: Manrique’s bright blue swimming pool, surrounded by brightly coloured flowers, edged with palm trees, and dotted with numerous varieties of cacti. As you look down on the pool it almost seems that the surrounding area is covered in newly fallen snow –- Manrique has managed to create a soft appearance within the harshness of the crater.
There are numerous contrasting surfaces as you pass though the gardens -- decked areas that seem to lead directly into the sea, pebbled volcanic rocks, and terracotta stones all serving to give variety and compliment the natural flora of the garden.
Off this garden area, there are numerous little caves giving interesting views of the garden and the surrounding landscape through round windows and vine-covered archways.
There is a superb exhibition on vulcanology and indigenous flora and fauna –- it’s well documented, but occasionally a little technical for the layperson. There was an interesting art installation with mirrors, presumably demonstrating the notion of infinity and in a way Manrique has been able to recreate some of this in the views from within the complex. The views from the top of the buildings were absolutely superb, with the sea and the cliffs stretching for as far as the eye could see.
Keep your eye open for the artwork of reclaimed sea timber –- I know it sounds uninspiring, but Manrique could make even the mundane seem interesting and challenging to the senses. What would Lanzerote have been without his artistic heritage?
From journal Lanzarote - a place in the sun