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Cactus Garden
Cactus Garden
The entrance consists of a labyrinthine set of robust volumes, curved around a central structure shaped like "taro" (shepherd's hut)
 
which is under cover inner vision and cause a surprise effect on the visitor.
Across the door we find a overview of all areas. The interior features a circular structure, possible metaphor for the craters of the island. One of the main features of this recreated amphitheater walls are formed by terraces down the land, by way of steps in which displays the different varieties of cactus.
The origins of the Cactus Garden date back to the seventies, when César Manrique, in the creative dialogue with the island landscape, focuses attention on the old roferos Guatiza.
The hollow of the ground produced by the continuous extraction of aggregates had become a landfill.
The artist encourages the Cabildo of Lanzarote, with whom he works closely, purchase the land, walls in the complex and restores the traditional windmill that crowns the site.
However, due to various vicissitudes, more waiting for the eighties to develop the original project to build a new Center for Art, Culture and Tourism. The Cactus Garden was finally opened in 1990 and became the last space work of Cesar Manrique.

Jardín de CactusThe Cactus Garden is a magnificent example of an integrated architectural intervention in the landscape. César Manrique makes this bold architectural complex binomial maintaining unwavering art and nature that permeates all space operations.
It is located in the village of Guatiza, municipality of Teguise, in the center of an agricultural environment characterized by extensive plantations of cactus,  the cochineal.

Traditionally used as a textile dye, now this natural color is very popular in the food industry and cosmetics. While in La Vega of Guatiza find the largest area of ​​cultivation of cochineal in the Canary Islands is a culture in decline due to competition in the market for synthetic dyes industry.

Jardín de CactusThe entrance consists of a labyrinthine set of robust volumes, curved around a central structure shaped like "taro" (shepherd's hut) which is under cover inner vision and cause a surprise effect on the visitor.

Across the door we find a overview of all areas. The interior features a circular structure, possible metaphor for the craters of the island. One of the main features of this recreated amphitheater walls are formed by terraces down the land, by way of steps in which displays the different varieties of cactus.

At our feet, opening a double staircase that invites us to walk the winding cobbled paths and stairways that connect the different areas of the interior gardens.

In the center of the scene we see a series of compacted cinder monoliths that have been left untouched as evidence of past mining activity. Markedly sculptural, these ribs organic harmony with the whimsical and original forms of cactus. Idyllic counterpoint to the arid landscape, there are small ponds filled with water lilies and goldfish.

The use of building materials in the environment, the continued use of curved lines, the absence of symmetries that are not natural, pure forms concave (dips) and convex (hills). All of landscape aesthetic resources more refined attempt to give us the impression that a set is a work of nature, just molded by the man.

Jardín de CactusCamouflaged in the wall are two large-sized buildings, whose main feature is the dome shaped roof: one designed to store objects and the other to the Center cafeteria. Within the latter we can appreciate the elegant spiral staircase and the central sculpture (made of steel branches and glass floats like a chained molecules) that emerges from a small fountain.

The different artistic disciplines together in this unique space in an attempt to fulfill a didactic function totalizing.

Sculpture, painting, architecture? Cesar Manrique has different stimuli for the visitor to live an enriching and intimate experience.

A striking number of innovative aids (lamps, doorknobs, bins, etc..) Found inside and have nothing to do with conventional models. Designed exclusively for the garden, have a great similarity with the accompanying cactus.

Jardín de CactusThe botanical collection.
In the five thousand square meters of the center there are over seven thousand two hundred copies of more than eleven hundred different species, originating from places as diverse as Peru, Mexico, Chile, USA, Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Morocco and Canary Islands. Note that the botanical collection of Cactus Garden continues to grow with regular plantations of new species.

 

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