"The Roundabout of the Sea" by Alejandro Colunga (1996)

Another interactive sculpture, strange surreal chairs are awaiting you on the Malecon, full of weirdness and magic, you'll love them if you don't find them creepy.

Alejandro Colunga is a well-known artist in Puerto Vallarta, having traveled to Vallarta on his own more than 40 years ago. His sculptures are now very well known all over the world and they grace his adoptive town too at "The Roundabout of the Sea" (La Rotonda del Mar) on the Malecon.

The collection of surrealistic anthropomorphic statues with human arms and feet adorned with stylized sea creatures and marine elements was inaugurated December 30th, 1996 and has since then been a favorite for visitors.

"The Roundabout of the Sea" by Alejandro Colunga (1996)

These strange seats invite you to enjoy them, take a seat, touch them and get your photo taken for posterity.

Alejandro loves this and makes it clear he actually created the works with this in mind, he is convinced that human touch and the interaction gives the statues a patina and color that they wouldn't have if they were protected, a 3D coloring, in his words:

"The chairs are for you, I made them with a lot of love so they could be used and abused, so people could climb up on them and so your children could pee on them, something that might even make them prettier."

Roundabout of the Sea

Certainly, you can see that the artist is a funny and lighthearted guy, all the better, 'cause those seats are never free from the human "plague" ;-).

You can find this sculpture where the malecon crosses the end of Aldama Street, a few steps from the ex-Las Palomas.

Alejandro Colunga (born in Guadalajara Dec. 11, 1948) is a very well known citizen of Puerto Vallarta, to be found in all the "in" places, like the City Dump & Co. with all the jetset of the town. He was first a rock musician, then a painter and finally a sculptor. Colunga's works can be found thoughout Mexico, USA, Europe and South America.

Author: M. A. Gallardo

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