Monumento al Campesino
César Manrique’s artistic homage to the farm worker of Lanzarote. The sculpture, Fertility, recognises the love with which the farm worker moulded the islands landscape. The Casa del Monumento al Campesino is an impressive urban structure which is painted white with subtle green colour for the doorways, windows and pergolas.
The Monumento al Campesino, consolidates the artistic career path of César Manrique in Lanzarote. In 1969, just after the opening of the Jameos del Agua, this sculpture was erected as a fertility symbol of the farming land in Lanzarote. This attractive sculpture which is found in the geographic centre of the island pays homage to the farm worker.
The statue which is approximately 20 metres high, is complimented with another passion of Manrique: the traditional Lanzarote architecture which can be seen in the Casa del Monumento al Campesino, a perfect urban structure which is painted white and a subtle green colour for the doorways, windows and pergolas.
The Casa del Monumento al Campesino has two restaurants, the charming terrace from where you can contemplate the fertility monument, and the interior restaurant, a huge dining room which is nestled into the impacting natural stone structures.
In another pavilion we find the Centro de Artesanía Popular (artisan centre). A stroll around the various commercial units gives you a good general idea of the most popular cultural expressive styles of Lanzarote. The wine corner and the different artisan stalls offer an opportunity to make some unique purchases.
Visiting the Monument
The entrance is free. Make your way down from the Monument and border it, in the direction of the artisan centre, you have curious cultural expressions at your disposition. We love the artistic work of Juan Brito, who created the clay figures which represent the Guanche Kings such as Zonzamas, Princess Ico etc…..
It is well worthwhile to enter the cool interior restaurant, situated beneath an impressive natural stone vault that has ferns growing out of it, and then to go up to the beautiful terrace that overlooks the Monument. We recommend that you try one of the restaurants to sample some tapas accompanied by a good glass of malvasía wine from Lanzarote.
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