The sculptor will lower the moon and bind the sun in the square of Ecuador

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Peter Kavinsky
Sculptor Jesus Cobo shows one of his moons during an interview with Efe on May 18, 2022 in Quito, Ecuador. EFE/Jose Jakome

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Quito, 20 September (EFE) — The moon, the celestial body that inspires poets, accomplice of love and the sanctuary of the broken heart, will now be displayed in a square in the Andes of Ecuador, where sculptor Jesús Cobo will place images of a stainless steel satellite next to Intivatana, “the place where the sun is moored.

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

In Otavalo Square there will also be a contemporary depiction of the Intivatana, 8 meters high and weighing 1.5 tons, a religious sculpture in which the sun was symbolically tied and which, according to Inca tradition, served as a solar calendar to mark the seasons according to the projection of their shadow.

In 40 years of working in the world of sculpture, Kobo’s experienced hands have also built Aya Uma, a three-dimensional representation of a character from Andean mythology, from a 5.5-meter-high piece, who could see back and forth from once to yesterday. and into the future; omnipresent and timeless being.

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

Sculptor Jesus Cobo shows one of his moons during an interview with Efe on May 18, 2022 in Quito, Ecuador. EFE/Jose Jakome

Unamuno, Neruda and Sharupi

For each moon, Kobo included portions of poetry related to the natural satellite because poetry is “always needed,” he says, before paraphrasing “I want to kiss you whole like the moon in water,” from the pen of an Ecuadorian poet and writer Cesar Davila Andrade.

At the local poet Maria Sharupi, he engraved on the moon – in Spanish and Shuar – “When I speak of the moon, I ask the night” and another shines: “The eyes of twilight, the eyes of your face and the light of the full moon within them” of the Spanish writer Miguel de Unamuno.

“The moon lives under your skin,” says another sculpture inspired by the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. For Kobo, the moon is “basically an opportunity to wait for tomorrow or for someone to come to enlighten you or hug you.”

cultural respect

Cobo hopes that with this display of public art, the indigenous people of Otavaleño “feel valued and represented through a symbol (the moon) that marks much of their daily life” and has “connotations with the spiritual and magical.”

In addition, “drawing symbols of one’s own culture is a sign of respect for the cultures of one’s ancestors,” said the artist, who has exhibited in Germany, Italy, Turkey, the United States, Canada, Argentina, Spain, Japan, Israel, Qatar, China. and Mexico, among others.

Kobo started his professional career with the technique of engraving, then moved on to a sculptural language in materials such as clay, stone, wood, bronze, carbon steel, marble, and for about fourteen years he has been turning stainless steel into an art that he considers “elegant, technological and timeless.”

And in stainless steel I made windows for semiotics with the color of the satellite, as well as for ease of restoration and cleaning. “In the case of other material, it deteriorates a lot,” he explained.

He took textures from the same steel to achieve different chromatic tones through the reflection of light and thus provide different visual effects and different tactile sensations.

Sculptor Jesus Cobo shows one of his moons during an interview with Efe on May 18, 2022 in Quito, Ecuador. EFE/Jose Jakome

Art as a human right

It took the sculptor nine months to create the pieces for Otavalo, and he took the advice of technicians and engineers to solve the physical problem of supporting the sculptures so that the moons would remain diagonal, as if suspended, with no visible support around.

According to him, people will be able to interact with the entire sculptural complex, since public art is “the most democratic way to share human creation.”

“Art is a human right. There is no art if it is locked up, if it does not receive humanization through the thought that it can give rise to in people,” said Kobo, convinced that this will open up a public space that will promote dialogue and reflection between citizens, and over time will show respect and the appreciation that the culture and worldview of indigenous peoples deserve.

Web Editing: Sebastian Baiona

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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