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Santa Cruz hosts exhibition dedicated to César Manrique 

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Santa Cruz city council has opened a retrospective exhibition on the figure of the artist César Manrique and his particular connection with the capital of Tenerife.

It will remain open with free access at the Casa de la Pólvora from Tuesday to Sunday until November 30th , from 11am to 1pm and from 5pm to 8pm on working days and from 11am to 2pm on Sundays and holidays.

The exhibition has multimedia contents, a set of information panels and a didactic unit designed for the visit of schools. It has been made possible thanks to the joint participation of the municipal areas of Culture, Public Services and Development Society, in collaboration with the Foundation César Manrique.

There has also been collaboration from the bus company TITSA, the Foundation la Caixa and the entity Bronze Sculptures.

To coincide with the exhibition ‘César Manrique in Santa Cruz. César Manrique in the world ‘, the City Council has proceeded to the restoration of one of the most emblematic works of the artist in the capital,’ Homage to Santa Cruz ‘, located in the vicinity of the Casa de la Pólvora.

‘Tribute to Santa Cruz’, 15 metres high, nine metres wide and 6.5 tons in weight, is a work carried out in the workshops of Aquilino Dorta in Arafo.

It consists of a fixed structure of steel, lined with iron in white, and another mobile, composed of an inner shaft of stainless steel of 16 blades that turn in the direction of the wind. Its upper part is diamond-shaped and in the lower part it has two inverted pyramids that crown the installation leaving a cross inside.

The interpretation and engineering of this posthumous work of César Manrique Cabrera (1919-1992) was carried out by the engineers Juan Alfredo Amigó and José Luis Olcina. The sculpture was donated by the company Domingo Alonso S.A., on September 22, 2000. Its cost amounted to 240,405 euros.

The location of Casa de la Pólvora has been expressly chosen to house this exhibition in an environment where, in addition to the sculpture ‘Homenaje a Santa Cruz’, there is the largest civil work of Manrique in the capital: the Maritime Park.

This consists of 22,000 square metres with a lake of 7,800 square metres situated around an island, with gardens at different heights and three pools of sea water, in an environment embellished by natural elements such as volcanic rocks, palm trees and ornamental plants, as well as various waterfalls.