|PV Honors Sculptor Alejandro Colunga|
On September 29th, 2008 Puerto Vallarta gathered together to pay tribute to Jalisco artist Alejandro Colunga, whose eight-sculpture series of bronze chairs, La Rotonda del Mar, grace the Malecón.
|On September 29th, the Puerto Vallarta art community paid tribute to Jalisco artist Alejandro Colunga, whose bronze sculptures grace the Malecón. (Promovision)|
This special "Art Walk" began on Calle Morelos in downtown Puerto Vallarta, where banners depicting the master's works gave everyone the opportunity to learn more about this talented artist as they marched to the ceremony, which was held at the artist's eight-sculpture series of whimsical bronze chairs on the Malecón.
La Rotonda del Mar made its debut on the Malecón back in 1997, but one of the original sculptures surrendered to the forces of Hurricane Kenna as it passed by Puerto Vallarta in 2002 has since been replaced with a stunning tribute to the strength of the sea.
Unlike many artists, Colunga feels that human touch and interaction adds a patina to the bronze in his sculpture that enhances and makes it three dimensional. In previous interviews, Colunga has expressed his satisfaction of having created an interactive piece of art for this city, saying, "The chairs are for you, I made them with a lot of affection in order to be used and abused, for people to climb up on them and for your children to pee on them, which might even serve to make them prettier."
The September 29 commendation ceremony, which was held at the artist's famous "chairs" on the Malecón, was led by Mayor Javier Bravo, who thanked the artist for his contributions to the Puerto Vallarta art community and introduced him to the gallery owners, residents and visitors who attended the event.
In addition to his sculptures on Vallarta's Malecón, you can find Colunga's work throughout Mexico, the US, Europe and South America.