The nostalgic feel and friendly vibes that exude from the resort town of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico make it the perfect place for the vacation of a lifetime. From one end of the city to the other, there are a plethora of entertaining things to do, especially if you enjoy experiencing the culture, indulging in the arts and relishing in the natural beauty that surrounds the Mexican beach town.
As a guest at Garza Blanca Preserve Resort & Spa, you’ll be encouraged to visit the downtown area of Puerto Vallarta to experience the magic of the Malecón, a mile long boardwalk that hugs the beautiful coastal town. Use this guide to Puerto Vallarta’s sculptures and learn a little about the history and mysticism of some of Puerto Vallarta’s most coveted treasures.
For the complete list, begin with A Guide to Puerto Vallarta’s Sculptures – Part 1 published in last month’s newsletter by clicking here.
“Triton and Mermaid” by Carlos Espino (1990)
Little is known about this bronze sculpture, aside from the fact that its name was changed by local authorities upon its inauguration. “Triton and Mermaid” is and always was the intended name by the artist, however many in Vallarta refer to it as the “Neptune and Nereid” statue. The image of Triton, son of the sea God Poseidon and sea Goddess Amphitrite, as he reaches out to a mermaid is undeniably one of the most fitting statues in Puerto Vallarta, a city where the wonders of the ocean meet with the beauty of the land in a majestic and romantic rendezvous.
“The Roundabout of the Sea” by Alejandro Colunga (1996)
This magnificent and interactive statue has visitors from all over sticking around for a quick rest and ideal photo op. The bronze collection of eight high-backed chairs, features a series of marine-like creatures and other sea elements that provide both seating and inspiration to many a passerby. The mixture of surrealism and fantasy has become a favorite of tourists who take the time to appreciate Colunga’s work.
“Searching for Reason” by Sergio Bustamante (2000)
When strolling along the Malecón, in downtown Puerto Vallarta, you’ll be sure to notice this inviting piece of artwork due to the crowds of people who climb up its ladder for the perfect photo op. This monumental sculpture, featuring three curious figures climbing a ladder into the heavens, towers over the others at almost 60 feet high. Bustamante, a famous Mexican artist, channeled his inspiration for the piece from Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bertrand Russell, who often wrote about the convictions of man. “Searching for Reason” represents man’s misguided approach to protecting life on earth through wars, atomic bombs, fear and prejudice.
“The Boy on the Seahorse” by Rafael Zamarripa Castañeda (1976)
This statue, a replica of the original, holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Puerto Vallarta because it was the first to be placed on the old Malecón years ago. The original statue, located at Las Pilitas, near Los Muertos Beach, was knocked over by a strong tropical storm that wreaked havoc in the area. As requested, Zamarripa created a grander version that was moved to the Malecón in 1976. As one of the most representative figures in Puerto Vallarta, citizens were pleased when the original was returned to its place, only to be swept away again by Hurricane Kenna in 2002. It would appear that “The Boy on the Seahorse” likes to ride the waves and then return to its glory on the shores of Puerto Vallarta, where it can now be seen in two places, the original at Las Pilitas, on the south side of town, and the larger version on the Malecón in downtown Vallarta.
“The Friendship Fountain” by James “Bud” Bottoms and Octavio Gonzalez Gutierrez (1987)
Marking the undeniable friendship between the people Puerto Vallarta and Santa Barbara CA, this statue was erected in recognition of the positive exchange that the citizens of the two sisters cities have embarked upon over the years. A similar Friendship Fountain is situated in Santa Barbara. The idea behind the statue lies in an Chumash Indian myth in which indians cross over a rainbow bridge to get to the mainland. Those who look down fall into the water and the Earth goddess turns them into dolphins to prevent them from drowning. The Chumash people consider dolphins to be mankind’s brothers, a true representation of friendship.