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"Tiburón en Espiral" (Shark in Spiral) by Ramiz Barquet, 1996

Shark in Spiral

Another one of Ramiz Barquet's recognizable sculptures, this one is found the romantic zone by the sea at the end of the street called Púlpito.

Barquet sculpted this piece to honor the shark as a creature, which he saw as one of the most perfect on Earth, both physically and in terms of efficiency and precision, in Barquet's words, "a truly virtuous animal".

He playfully christened the shark Casper Cazón, after his friend, his "compadre", don Gaspar Elizondo, who shortly after this honor, passed away.

Shark in Spiral, Ramiz Barquet

The sculpture is located in the Romantic Zone (Old Vallarta), where calle Púlpito meets Los Muertos beach in a small plaza called "Plazuela Los Muertos", which was built by the restaurants La Palapa and El Dorado together with the Asociación de Vecinos de la Colonia Emiliano Zapata and was inaugurated on November 1996.

In this sculpture, Ramiz Barquet honors the shark, reminding us that not all things are as they seem.

Author: M. A. Gallardo