Weird and Wonderful Sculptures in Tenerife

A sculpture is just a painting cut out and stood up somewhere.
Frank Stella

I have in the past talked about the Sand Sculptures on the beach, to graffiti on the wall. From the traditional Canarian figures and murals to towers that have been created with nothing more than rocks, an enormous amount of patience and an astonishing sense of balance. Nevertheless, it is all art or perhaps more accurately sculpture.

I have mentioned how our capital is full of majestic monuments, stunning sculptures, and artistic statues that add colour to the most boring areas. I have looked at the parks and the towns in the north of the island, and San Isidro so naturally now is the time to concentrate on the area where I live, close to the southern resorts.

Arona is often put down for its lack of culture, due to being a popular holiday resort, loved by the Brits (as if they don’t know culture when they see it). It is actually a giant gallery, where visitors can enjoy artwork every day of the year.

A stroll along the Avenida Marítima to Playa de Las Américas reveals the Trampa del Viento a rising, tilting column, a spiral and a gigantic rectangle, where many sit to admire the island of La Gomera in the background or use as a window to frame the view of the Atlantic. Close by is art accentuating nature and “Uña de Gato” (cat’s claw), is completely in tune with the area of re volcanic rock on which it sits.

In Los Cristianos and Las Galletas, there is the homage to the peoples of the sea. They recognise the hard life the fishermen and women had at the start of the last century. Every day was a fight for survival and it is the reason why numerous families moved to the coast, to work by the ports.

By the harbour in Los Cristianos is a sculpture you can´t see. It is the statue of la Virgen del Carmen a stone figure weighing 700 kilos that is submerged 40m underwater around the cliffs of Guaza; it is there to keep the sailors who pass over her safe.

Los Cristianos also offers the tourist a unique opportunity since the waters around the coast are inhabited by dolphins and pilot whales. These magnificent creatures are reflected by the symbolic sculptures on the Paseao Maritima that emulates various parts of the whale’s anatomy (head, body, tail), as if it were swimming in the Atlantic. The dark grey stone of its materials give it a magical appearance.

The Banana Worker in Fañabe is dedicated to the island’s plataneros but as I said in a previous blog, this is not what turns me on. However a life-size sculpture that may poke fun at a group of tourists submerged in a swimming pool, goggles, caps, and apparently swollen by the sun always makes me smile. In fact, I make a detour whenever we visit our vet in Costa del Silencio just to see it.


The driftwood is soft to the touch, bleached by the salt and sun, its surface swirls like the nearby ocean. That is one of the reasons El Medano is a favourite place for me, it is full of quirky things.

Your taste may be different to mine, in fact it probably is, I see the obvious and appreciate it, but I like something with hidden meanings that takes time to figure out – that’s my idea of beauty and Tenerife provides it in abundance.

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2 Responses to Weird and Wonderful Sculptures in Tenerife

  1. Irene says:

    These are wonderful! They range from the purely simple lines of some sculptures through to those that are fun and amusing, whilst some are majestic in their size and shapes. I like them all.

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