After the success of its first edition, Puerto Vallarta is preparing to receive the ‘Second International Forum of Sculptors’, in which national and international artists will meet from November 12 to 24.
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In a press conference held on Wednesday, in which the participating sculptors and the projects they will be working on were announced, the municipal president, Arturo Dávalos Peña, celebrated the fact that this event is being held once again, as Puerto Vallarta is a large open gallery where these works enrich the cultural, artistic and social heritage, as well as tourism, being strongly linked to the economy of the city.
“Puerto Vallarta is an open-air gallery, a gallery where art and culture are intertwined with tourism in the city,” he said, adding that you can walk along the Malecón, the Romantic Zone, and public spaces in the colonies, which house the works that were made during the First Forum of Sculptors and today, give identity to these areas of the municipality.
This activity is also important for university students, who find in this forum the opportunity to collaborate and get to know the work of sculptors of international stature, for which they thanked the University of Guadalajara, through the University Center of the Costa, for the creation of this event, as well as the sponsors that make it possible for each of the sculptures, which, like last year, will be donated to different colonies and public spaces of the city for the enjoyment of the people of Vallarta.
He added that some of the projects will be created at the location where they will be placed due to size and weight, given that the sculptures will be stainless steel and lightweight concrete, and some of them will measure up to 7 meters high. The city has worked in a coordinated manner between the Public Works and Social Development and the University Center of the Coast, to define the best place for each one.
The rector of the University Center of the Coast, Marco Antonio Cortés Guardado, said that this second edition reaffirms the purposes of this project as it is to offer a first-class educational space to the student community, contribute to multiplying the artistic heritage of the city, as well as improving the urban landscape with works that become a collective reference point and focal points of community identity. All this places Puerto Vallarta even more as a privileged cultural destination and diversifies the profile of the tourists who visit.
He thanked Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña. “From the moment we talked to him, he was very enthusiastic about the project; he gave us encouragement, he offered us all the possible support of the town hall, which in the first edition materialized very quickly in the construction of the foundations to display all the sculptures. ”
Suny Ramírez, the executive coordinator of this forum, announced the artists that will be participating are from Taiwan, Poland, Puerto Rico, France, Turkey, and Mexico.