Fri. Sep 30th, 2022

By Susanna Wood |

Quito, September 20 (EFE) .- The moon, the celestial body that inspires poets, the companion of love and the refuge of heartbreak, will now be unveiled in a square in the Ecuadorian Andes, where sculptor Jesus Cobo will install a stainless steel representation of the satellite, next to Intiwatana, “the place where the sun There is light”.

Eight moons, each with a radius of three meters, will be displayed in the “Plaza Civica” or “Plaza de las Lunas” in Otavalo, a city of natural attractions and ancient culture in the northern Andean province of Imbabura.

Otavalo Square will also house a contemporary representation of the Intiwatana, 8 meters high and weighing 1.5 tons, the religious sculpture to which the sun was symbolically tied and which -according to Inca tradition- served as a solar calendar to mark the seasons. Projection of their shadow.

With 40 years in the world of sculpture, Kobo’s expert hands also created a piece 5.5 meters high, Aya Uma, a three-dimensional representation of an Andean mythological character who can look forward and backward at once from yesterday. And in the future; An omnipresent and timeless entity.

This stainless steel work with a trapezoidal base will be located in a corner of the square, as a welcome door for those who visit it, Kobo told Ife.

Unamuno, Neruda and Sharupi

In each moon, Cobo included pieces of poetry referring to natural satellites because poetry is “always necessary,” he said before explaining, “I want to kiss you whole like the moon in water,” from the pen of Ecuadorian poet and author Cesar Dávila Andrade.

Indigenous poet María Sarupi says she inscribed a moon in Spanish and Shuar – “When I speak of the moon, I ask the night”, the other glows: “Evening’s eyes are your face and the light of a full moon. Between them », Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno by

“The moon lives under your skin”, reads another sculpture, thus capturing the inspiration of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. For Kobo, the moon is “basically the possibility of waiting for tomorrow or for someone to come light you up or hug you.”

cultural respect

Cobo hopes that with this manifestation of public art, the Otavalleno indigenous people “feel valued and represented through a symbol (the moon) that marks a large part of their daily life” and that has “spiritual and magical connections”.

Also, “placing symbols of your own culture is a sign of respect for the ancestral culture,” said the artist, who has exhibited in Germany, Italy, Turkey, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Spain, Japan, Israel, Qatar, China. and Mexico, among others.

Cobo began his professional career with engraving techniques, then moved on to sculpture in materials such as clay, stone, wood, bronze, carbon steel, marble, and for nearly fourteen years he has been transforming stainless steel into art, which he considers “elegant, technical and timeless».

And in stainless steel he created windows for semiotics with satellite color and also for ease of restoration and cleaning. “With other ingredients, it’s much worse,” he explained.

He took textures from the same steel to achieve different chromatic tones to reflect light and thus allow other visual effects and different sensations in touch.

Art as a human right

It took the sculptor nine months to create the works for Otavalo, and he used the advice of technicians and engineers to solve the physical problem of supporting the sculptures, so that the moons were slanted, as if suspended without any visible support.

People will be able to interact with the entire sculpture complex, since public art is “the most democratic way to share human creation,” he said.

“Art is a human right. There is no art if it is held back, if it does not get a humanization through the thought it can create in people”, Kobo said, adding that it would open a public space that would encourage dialogue and reflection among citizens and the original Deserved respect and appreciation of people’s culture and worldview will project over time.

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