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Lost treasure trove leads to unique view of Gran Canaria 

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A lost treasure chest has revealed fantastic new images of Gran Canaria.

They were contained in a box which had been hidden for years in the archives of the Cabildo and show hitherto unseen views of the coast of the island taken in 1985.

To contrast with these, the Cabildo commissioned a drone to take up to date shots of the exactly the same scenes.

An audio visual work has now been completed and shows just how much the coastline has improved over the last three decades, says the Cabildo.

“Gran Canaria. Its coastline 1985-2017” can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/222885466 and includes contributions by chroniclers, historians, public offices and citizens who have witnessed the changes.

It was a Cabildo worker who informed those responsible for the Foundation for the Ethnography and Development of Canary Crafts (Fedac) that in a box there were thousands of slides, although the biggest surprise was to discover another box with 30 film tapes in super-8 format which were very well preserved.

“The technicians quickly realised the importance of the double find,” said a Cabildo spokesman.

The images were also made available on www .fotos-antiguascanarias.org

The super-8 tapes were taken by director Tony Chacón and showed the good and bad aspects of the coast and what needed to be improved.

The old images are accompanied by the narrative of a speaker on a soundtrack of songs of the eighties with authors such as Jean-Michel Jarre or the legendary Alan Parsons.