FUERTEVENTURA, ART ON THE ROADS: ROUNDABOUTS AS GALLERIES

© Photos by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI

ROUNDABOUTS AS GALLERIES – FUERTEVENTURA 2012 – Phots by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI – CAMINOS

In Fuerteventura local government and municipalities had a good idea. They have displayed beautiful and interesting sculptures at the most important roundabouts. So, while you’re driving along the main roads you have the pleasure to admire art installations which invite you to stop… It’s a sort of permanent gallery showing nice contemporary art made by local or international sculptors.

I saw fascinating pieces. But I was really struck by  “Caminos” made in 2007 by cuban artist Lisbet Fernandez Ramos and located at a roundabout at the entrance of Morro Jable town (Pajara municipality).

The artist created two different groups of kids who are scanning the sky (or the future…) It’s a really impressive scene that invites to slow down and think… And this is another surprise coming from Fuerteventura, wild and fascinating island.

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10 responses to “FUERTEVENTURA, ART ON THE ROADS: ROUNDABOUTS AS GALLERIES

    • Sure! Sculptures have to force drivers to go slowly and possibly to stop… I see in Fuerteventure a great respect for pedestrians. Drivers always give them way. And this is not so usual in other european cities (Italy included!)

  1. I was asked to create a piece for a roundabout in New Hampshire a few years ago, but it was nixed because the highway department thought that the sculpture would distract drivers and cause accidents. Is that a concern in other countries?

    • Thanks for your comment! We have not stats and evidences about the fact that sculptures would distract drivers and cause accidents…In Canary Islands – and not only in Fuerteventura – the artistic roundabouts are really a trend. What I may say is: 1) I haven’t seen accidents at roundabouts during my stay; 2) I found in Fuerteventura a great respect for pedestrians; 3) I saw a lot of speed controls… I think that a safe road depends from our education ( and an artpiece may improve it). Isn’it?

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