A unique sculpture that makes you think of a sea urchin or maybe some 2nd WW underwater mines, these rusty prickly pears are found where Libertad street intersects Malecón II.
The name is a wordplay, “erizados” means bristling, but separated in “eriza”, could mean a female urchin, and “dos”, you should know is two in Spanish, that is two urchins.
This sculpture was created and donated by BLU, also known as Maritza Vazquez, an artist from the city of Guadalajara. It’s a creation that connects the city with its constant companion, the sea.
Inaugurated in 2007, it was actually part of a temporary exhibition, but the artist decided to leave it in Vallarta after seeing how well it was received by the locals.
The sculpture as mentioned depicts two steel sea urchins and required a lot of hard work, but the final sculpture also conveys the idea of life and movement to the viewer.
About the artist BLU – Maritza Vázquez
Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico in 1963. She studied Visual Arts at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara) specializing in sculpture. The sculptors Diego Martínez Negrete and Saúl Hernández Santoyo opened the doors of their artistic foundries to teach her everything related to bronze casting and patina. She then decided to try out the use of steel in industrial workshops with the intention of making larger format pieces.
- Her passion for scuba diving has been a source of inspiration to produce most of her work.
- Experimentation is an important part of her artistic work.
- She is convinced that the essence of the materials used helps define the idea that she seeks to convey.
- Active since 1986, she has exhibited her pieces in galleries, museums, and public spaces in Mexico and the United States of America.
- She has permanent works on the boardwalk in Puerto Vallarta and many of her creations are part of important private collections.
She spent 2 years traveling regularly to Monterrey, Nuevo León creating the series “Corales” (Corals) with Generoso Villarreal who himself produces steel sculptures for artists of the stature of Tamayo, Felguérez, Gunther Gerszo, Aceves Navarro, Colunga, Sebastián, and Friedebeg among others.
Author: M. A. Gallardo