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Vicente de Espona's 'La Danza' is dancing again

The unveiling of 'La danza' on the boulevard viewing point.
The unveiling of 'La danza' on the boulevard viewing point. / Josele-Lanza
  • The sculpture, recovered from a municipal storeroom, has been restored and installed on the San Pedro Alcántara boulevard viewing point to mark the centenary of the birth of this artist who lived in the town

On the eastern side of the viewing point on the boulevard at San Pedro Alcántara, a man and woman sculpted from burnished metal dance in the wind; the piece was made years ago by artist Vicente de Espona (1918-1995), who moved to San Pedro in 1971 and lived and worked there until he died. The council decided to install 'La danza' (the dance) as a tribute to this artist and to mark the centenary of his birth.

The inauguration took place on Saturday and was attended by Vicente de Espona's widow, Ana María Muñoz, who is now responsible for his artistic legacy. During the ceremony, deputy mayor Rafael Piña made two important announcements: 'Síntesis', which currently stands on a roundabout on the bypass, is to be moved to the roundabout in the boulevard park, and the balcony which is known locally as the 'Mirador del Palmeral' will now be named after Vicente de Espona.

After thanking the San Pedro authorities for this tribute to her late husband, Ana María Muñoz explained that the sculpture 'La danza' had been recovered by the council's Culture department from municipal storage together with two other pieces, to be restored and put on display later. "They had been badly looked after, either deliberately or through ignorance about how to treat them," she said, "but now the important thing is that they are being restored and we have 'La danza' here today."

She also read a message from Francisco Moyano of the Banús Foundation, a personal friend of Vicente de Espona who has studied his works and written a book about him. "Vicente, I'm sure you would say we should be doing something else instead of concerning ourselves with your work, but as spectators we have to be aware that not taking advantage of a legacy such as this would be an unforgiveable waste in a town which considers itself cultured," he said.

Plans for a museum dedicated to the artist's works in premises shared with the future Tourist Office have had to be put on hold due to town planning problems, but Rafael Piña says the council intends to find an alternative location in the future.