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Miguel Moreno Sculptures in Almuñécar

Almuñécar is very fortunate in having streets and plazas graced with the beautiful works of Los Fenicios - Almunecarsculptor Miguel Moreno. Born 26th December 1935 in Granada, Miguel has won many awards from 1952 onwards, when he gained a first prize for sculpture at an exhibition for new artists. The municipal government of Granada awarded him a grant for three successive years in 1954, with the following year bringing 1st prize in a national competition for engraving and work in relief organized by the syndicate group Obra Sindical de Artesanía, Madrid.

In 1969 in Seville he won first prize at the 18th annual autumn, with his winning exhibit “"Torso Moderno" being acquired by the Museum of Fine Arts in Seville. In 1981 this theme continued, at the 2nd annual art contest Ciudad de Jaén, at which the Municipal Government of Jaén bought his work "Amanecer" for the Provincial Museum.

The following year a gold medal at the 4th National Exhibition of Sculpture Ciudad de Almería saw his entry "Mujer Ergida" retained by the museum and in 1985 FC Barcelona bought his entry at the Barcelona Art Exhibition entitled “Guardameta" for their museum.

1987 saw him chosen to represent Spain at the 7th Triennial Exhibition of Small Size Sculpture of Budapest, where he won first prize. One of his winning works, "Hera", was acquired by the museum of Fine Arts of Budapest. In 1998 Miguel was honoured by the Municipal Government of Granada with the presentation of the Gold Medal Ciudad de Granada.  He has won numerous other awards at a variety of national and international exhibitions, with many of his works proudly exhibited in various locations in Andalucia.

Sculptures & Bronzes in Almuñécar by Miguel MorenoDaytime view of statue to Abderaman I in Almunecar

1984 – Abderraman 1.

Cast, then hand worked, bronze.

This imposing statue stands adjacent to the west side of El Peñon, which marks the boundaries of Puerto de Mar & St Cristobal (or La China ("The Pebbles") as it is known locally overlooking Paseo de San Cristobal.

It celebrates the landing from North Africa in 755 AD of Omeya Abderraman I (also referenced as "Abd ar-Rahman") from Damascus. Abderraman and his followers advanced to Malaga where they were greeted, then took control of Sevilla without opposition, then finally Cordoba to form the Emirate of Córdoba.  In 786 work commenced on the mosque in Cordoba; this eventually became the world famous Mesquita (See excursion to Cordoba & Mesquita if interested in visiting.) 

This thus signalled the commencement of over 730 years of Moorish influence over the Iberian peninsular.  The Arabs eventually left in 1489 after the eventual fall of Granada in 1492, at that time governed by Boabdil, to the opposing Christian forces under Ferdinand & Isabel.

1987 - Los Fenicios (The Phonecians). The Phonecians statue at night

Cast, forged & welded brass (See technique)

This impressive work holds pride of place on Paseo de Prieto Moreno adjoining Playa Puerta del Mar. It is a monument to the Phoenician sailors and traders who founded Almuñécar in the 9th Century BC, naming it “Ex” or “Sexi” (which is where the term “Sexitanos” still in use today to describe a local person is derived). The town was later renamed as “Sexi Firmum Julium” with the arrival of the Romans in the 3rd century BC, later becoming Al Mannukar with the arrival of the Moors in 755 AD (See Statue to Abderraman below).

1900 – A Los Hombres De La Mar (To the Sailors – or Monument to the shipwrecked sailors).Stautue to Los Hombres De La Mar

Cast, forged & welded brass (See technique)

This stands on the Paseo Marítimo in neighbouring La Herradura. On the 9th October 1562 (during Felipe II’s reign) a squadron of the Spanish fleet plus a few private galleys (some 28 ships) under the command of Juan de Mendoza took shelter in the bay of La Herradura during bad weather. The ships were on passage to Oram, with the wives and families of soldiers also on board.  A strong levante (easterly) wind was blowing and the ships, on passage from Málaga to the west, took shelter in the lee of Punta de Mona the eve of th 8th. The almanac of the day “Instruciones Nautiques” recorded the area as “..a silted mooring, of some 20 to 30 metres depth dangerous in an onshore wind..”. Unfortunately, around 10:00 on the morning of the 9th the wind veered suddenly to the south, and all but three of the galleons were driven onto the rocks with the tragic loss of some 5000 lives.  

1990 – Monumento al Agua (Monument to Water).

 Cast, forged & welded brass (See technique).

These three works stand in front of the local police station inMonument to Agua - Almunecar Plaza de Miguel Moreno. Irreverently nicknamed the headless break dancers” by young and old alike, these three statues astound in the agility and strength captured within them. Depicting two females and one male, they form a potent reminder to all of the importance of our most valuable assets in warmer climates - clean water. 

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