We decided to go into the main city of Puerto Vallarta... There were two things we wanted to see. The boardwalk or Malecon by the ocean and the sculptures on it. We had not seen them before and we were very interested. We got off the bus at the Hildago stop next to the new church and the information center. The young ladies at the information center spoke perfect english and were happy to show us the different maps and walks in the Puerto Vallarta area. We got a map of the downtown area and directions to the Malecon.
We went down the torn up street next to the Hotel Rosita.
It connected us directly with the boardwalk and the first sculpture was on the corner. the sculpture is by Mathis Lidice and called "Los Milenios" It was a strange twisted tree like thing. The beginning of it was sea life and shells then a spainish explorer sort of stretched out and swimming along the tree....reaching out and up.... past him was an Aztec looking guy and beyond him .... at then end of the tree.... was a woman holding onto a bird in flight..... .... what did it mean....... We had no idea but we did think it was interesting....
The boardwalk had quite a few different sculputes... some were stranger than weird...... We loved the bunch that looked like the people and customers in first Star Wars Movie bar scene where Luke and Obi Wan first met Han Solo.
Mother's Day ..... sand sculpture
Very amusing but we were pretty sure someone had copied someone.... It is called Rotundra of the Sea and is by Alejandro Colunqa. All of them were created so you could sit on their laps. We enjoyed the art for sale (although I am not one for modern art.) I bought a spray paint picture for our daughter.... how do they do those spray pictures? We got one of jelly fish and the ocean floor. Amazing. It was a kid about 17 who was the artist .... nice young man.
There were four really good sand sculptures. I really liked the gecko.... We spoke to the man who was spraying water on the sculptures. He said each one takes about four days.- first they build the foundation layer by layer and tamp down the sand.
Huichol indian art.... The orange flower is the peyote and the six petals:each petal represents one of the six communities:
.. then... starting at the top they wet the sand and sculpt their subject. He said once the top is done there is no going back. .. It is what it is.... and they work down like a cake..... They build four per month with a theme. This month they did a baby and mother that looked like biblical Mary. The baby was nursing..... quite complicated and wonderful to see.... The sculptures are sprayed often .... as long as the sand is wet it will remain. as soon as it dries it crumples. Last month theysaid they did a really long sculpture for Easter that was the last supper..... It took 16 days to build..... only a mushy pile was left.
masks and other Huichol creations
.... I wish I could have seen it....
We went to the church ... the famous old one. We were interested in photographing the top of it and after taking photos of the top from the front we walked up the side area to see if we could photograph the top from a different angle and closer. We not only could NOT get closer we could not find a place to take a photo that didn´t have twenty thick telephone-electric wires. We gave up and walked towards the old town area. We couldn´t find the flea market but we did find a large covered shop area. I found several things I liked but was unable to negotiate the price down more than a dollar (10 pesos) or so... A twenty dollar item would go down to about 19 or 18 but it stuck there.
Mountain lion is the messenger of the god of fire....
It was disappointing but we thought maybe they had a lot of tourists that day due to the cruise ship in town so it wasn´t as necessary to make sales.... there were always more....
We did find a nice store called Artesanias Watakame. The owner said her husband had been working with the Huichol tribe 28 years ago. ... The tribe is deep in the Sierra Madres and they were so remote that Christianity from the spainish did not touch them. The communities are made up of isolated families that are 1-5 hours of rugged walking from each other. They are mainly farmers growing corn, beans, squash and other vegi's. They raise cows and sheep. They are largely the same as they were 3000 years ago.
cool plants in the driveway of Hola Puerto Vallarta Hotel
The tribe does not have one god but instead has three dominate ones: corn, peyote and deer. Their art consist of forms (gords, wooden boxes) that are covered with softened wax and beads are pressed into the forms one by one with a needle.... They make wonderful patterns of the revered gods of their tribe: scorpions, deer, peote, corn, snakes, ...... The second way they do art is to have a framed square (picture) covered with beeswax..... colorful string is pressed into the wax and beautiful, amazing pictures are made. It was really interesting and we wondered when we saw store after store that featured their work.... is it authentic?... How do they have the man power to make so many items?...... and why in the world would they do an elephant???...... these questions need to be researched....