Almeria – Rambla de Belén

Statues in the Rambla

This was my (Digby) first visit to the City of Almeria for over 20 years and I did not get much chance to look around as a visit to the tax office  (90 minutes to collect a simple form) and to a hypermarket took up most of my morning. These statues of two torsos at the bottom of the Rambla de Belén caught my eye. From what I can remember this was a dried up river bed which was used as a car park. Now it is a beautifully paved tree-lined avenue.

In our old home town of Truro, Cornwall, there has been  outrage over the erection in the city centre of a statue of a naked Cornish miner beating a drum (you can look up photos of it on google). Although the drum partially conceals his genitalia, they are evident and thus have caused offence to many of the good citizens of Truro. We wonder how they would react to this pair of statues which are surely more erotic.

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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One Response to Almeria – Rambla de Belén

  1. angela bell says:

    Ho Ho! Digby ,the naked drummer is a great sculpture ,I like it willy and all! The good citizens of Truro are actually more up in arms as usual about the money spent on it. Art is not a worthy thing to spend tax payers money on!

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