Bucerias Unveils New Diver Public Sculpture
Published Jun 18, 2014, 10:35am -
Bucerias, the wind capital of Riviera Nayarit, unveiled its new icon on Father’s Day at Bucerias’ Main Plaza, also known as Plaza del Viento (or windy plaza). Its final installation will take place in the near future. This monument was created to honor local divers and it’s set to become an icon for the community. Sculptor Octavio González Gutiérrez, a native of Jalisco, created the seven meter tall piece out of stainless steel with bronze finishes in collaboration with local sculptor Luis Armando Solorio.
The artists donated a large portion of the cost of the statue (calculated at approximately $15,000 USD) as a charitable gesture in order to benefit the community. The Riviera Nayarit Restaurant Owners Association collaborated with other groups in the area to raise the required to complete the project.
The sculpture depicts a man diving to dislodge an oyster with a bar. The face of the diver was fashioned after that of Ramón Barraza, in order to pay homage to this renowned local diver who collected for oysters for 40 years.
A mural, Nuestra Bahía y su Origen (Our Bay and its Origin), by local artist Ramón Carrillo, was also unveiled during this event. Carrillo was inspired by the history of Banderas Bay in the creation of his piece, located across from Plaza del Viento.
A popular destination on its own, Bucerias is renowned for its beautiful beaches and multiple ocean sport options, out of which kitesurfing has become a staple as of late. Click here to discover this laid back town less than 30 minutes north of of Puerto Vallarta.
Source: Riviera Nayarit