Adding to the innumerable Statues and sculptures in Puerto Vallarta, one that catches the eye is Jim Demetro's dancing figures, the movement, the size and the colors all make it very special. It is also one, if not the, most photographed sculpture in town.
Jim Demetro, a US artist, was first inspired to create this impressive sculpture in the year 2000 when he witnessed the Xiutla dance troupe performing the "Jarabe Tapatío" (Mexican Hat Dance) on the Malecon, under the direction of their instructor and choreographer Professor Enrique Barrios Limón.
“I have studied the performances, pictures, and videos of the Xiutla dancers and have worked closely with Professor Barrios to create an authentic portrayal of the dance. The realistic aspects are important to me. Mainly though, I have been focused on commemorating the artistic beauty Mexicans in Puerto Vallarta are known for.
Most of us who live here in Mexico are Mexican at heart, if not truly Mexican. The artistic beauty around us draws our community together. It inspires the best from us all. And I truly hope artistic beauty will always be a part of this town.” (source).
The figures are life-size, cast in bronze and are unique when compared to all other statues in town for their colored patina. The sculpture was unveiled on the extension of the Malecon, called Malecon II, in downtown Puerto Vallarta November 28th, 2006.
Author: M. A. Gallardo