Monument to the Peasant

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Monument to the Peasant
Monument to the Peasant
In the geographical center of Lanzarote, in a significant crossroads from where we can reach any point of the island,
highlights one of the works of César Manrique, more full of symbolic references, the architecture of the Peasant's House Museum and Monument to Fertility.
A course imaginary central axis of the island would be located in the town of Mozaga, in the municipality of San Bartolomé, where we can see three distinct agricultural zones: the jable, the artificial sanded and the natural Geria.
A course imaginary central axis of the island would be located in the town of Mozaga, in the municipality of San Bartolomé, where we can see three distinct agricultural zones: the jable, the artificial sanded and the natural Geria.
A course imaginary central axis of the island would be located in the town of Mozaga, in the municipality of San Bartolomé, where we can see three distinct agricultural zones: the jable, the artificial sanded and the natural Geria.
It consists of a series of buildings that are inspired by the traditional architecture prototype of Lanzarote, not playing a particular existing model, but combining the typical elements most characteristic of the different geographical areas of the island. It is present as representative elements such as fireplaces, eras, cisterns, courtyards, joinery, winery, etc. César Manrique always showed his fascination with architecture, which was considered as a symbol of identity and a distinctive feature of the island. In 1972 he compiled a book, "Lanzarote, unpublished architecture", an extensive photographic inventory that includes the most important examples of traditional architecture. Isolated on the horizon, stands a monumental sculpture called "Fertility", dedicated to rural Lanzarote. It is made from old water tanks of ships and various objects painted and assembled together, forming a set of geometric shapes with high visual impact.
Monumento al CampesinoThe sculpture "Fertility" was inaugurated in 1968. The design of the work is of César Manrique and his clothing was provided by Jesus Soto, associate of César in almost every space work in Lanzarote. In the development had to solve various technical problems due to its complexity, not only by how high the work, 15 meters, but also caused by the resistance of the wind. We used mainly concrete and iron.
Rests on a mound of stones called Peña de Tajaste, a small island that was not affected by volcanic activity history. Artistically, we highlight the audacity to have cubic structures that represent a person on a pack animal. The purity of the lines and modularity make this volume a magnificent sculpture that reflects the avant-garde art.
Regarding the group of buildings of the Casa-Museo del Campesino we highlight the semicircular plant is built around an open central square where many units are distributed. Within these we can see many objects and tools related to island culture and agricultura.Casa-Peasant Museum and Memorial Fertility is a lucid and cutting edge on the island architecture and now however takes on renewed importance, due to the bridge established between traditional and modern.
Monumento RestauranteContinuing a project developed by Cesar Manrique before his death, other outbuildings were added. These were carried out inside an old quarry the extraction of stone consisted mainly works in the creation of new zones with specific uses: restaurant, selling handicrafts, folk esplanade for exhibitions, craft workshops, etc. .. the strategic location of the Farmer House Museum and Monument to the fertility, situated as the nerve center from where you could go to different routes of visit to other Centres of Art, Culture and Tourism.
Timetable of Winter
From October 1 to June 30
Monday through Sunday
Schedule uninterrupted
From 10:00 to 17:45
Summer Timetable
From 1 July to 30 Sep
Monday through Sunday
Schedule uninterrupted
From 10:00 to 18:30

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