"The Washerwoman" by Jim Demetro, 2008

Washer Woman

You'll find this sculpture by Jim Demetro in front of the buildings that replaced the lush and beautiful gardens of Molino de Agua.

This bronze sculpture on the wall of the Molino de Agua Condominium by artist Jim Demetro depicts a woman scrubbing her clothes on a rock, as was traditional in the Cuale River and is still done by many people along the upper parts of the river.

The water wheel behind her is a "Molino de agua", water wheel.

The Washer Woman, Jim Demetro

This Battle Ground WA. sculptor used a local 76-year-old woman as his model, to depict the traditional washerwomen of Puerto Vallarta, hoping to preserve this local custom in bronze.

The washerwomen would go to the river with packs of clothes on their heads, where they would build a rustic palapa with three sticks and a couple of palm fronds to create a mini-tent which they would use as shade while they washed their clothes and those of some other families in town in the river water on flat stones, scrubbing and hitting them on the flat stones.

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You'll find this beautiful sculpture to your left when crossing the mouth of the Cuale River, over the bridge laid out at the end of the Malecón II, this is the start of the Romanic Zone (Old Vallarta) and to your right, the beach is the one known as Olas Altas.

Author: M. A. Gallardo