Chilean nitrate advertising sign

This famous Art Deco advert for Chilean nitrate has been standing at the beginning of the Calle Real since 1929. It was designed by López-Durán Lozano, who was a student of architecture at the time, although he went on to become a professor at the School of Architecture of Madrid. The tiles were made by the Valencian firm Ramon Castello. Chilean nitrate was a fertilizer made of sodium nitrate (NaNO3),…

March 21, 2017
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A spiral in La Palma’s woods

A spiral of stones on the pine forest floor, Pico de la Nieve, La Palma island
November 20, 2016

La Palma’s pine forests are lovely, and at this time of the year, the upper reaches are often above the clouds, even when it’s raining below. If you follow the LP3 footpath up from the turn off for Pico de la Nieve, you quickly reach this stone spiral in the woods. The whole thing is about 10 m across, and I loved it. I think it’s pretty recent, similar to…

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Pre-hispanic Ceramics in Mazo

October 19, 2016

Inside the workshop at El Molino The Benahoaritas (or Auaritas or Awaras) were the people who lived on La Palma before the Spanish invasion. They lived in caves and wore animal skins, but they farmed, and they had ceramics. The older ceramics are simpler, and the newer ones usually more decorated. At El Molino, in Mazo, they make replicas of these ceramics. The business was started by Ramon and Vina,…

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Art Exhibition in Santa Cruz

September 9, 2016

Mariana Arranz has an exhibition in Santa Cruz, on the Calle Real until the 15th (Thursday). It’s rather good, and I recommend that you go and see it. I particularly like the portraits (and she takes commissions).

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The 2015 Art Fair

The art fair is currently on in El Paso fairground. It’s a chance for artsts from all over the island to show off their work, and for the public to see a big, varied exhibition and maybe snap up a bargin. I don’t have time to go this year unfortuneately, but it’s open from 11am – 9:30 pm Saturday and Sunday.  On Sunday there are workshops for kids in ceramics, origami…

December 12, 2015
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Roque Teneguía

Roque Teneguía, Fuencaliente, La Palma island
November 26, 2015

Roque Teneguía is an outcrop of clinkstone (phonolite) among the basalt gravel (lapilli) below San Antonio volcano in Fuencaliente. It looks quite striking, because it’s so much paler than the surrounding lava field. It’s also slightly rosey.   The gravel around the base is from 1677. I’m not sure how deep it is, but I know in some other places it’s 2 metres deep or more, so Roque Teneguía must…

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