We arrived in Santander last Saturday and stayed for four days. The city has many statues and sculptures; here are some of them.
Boys diving in the harbour…
and, in the tunnel from the bus and rail stations to the city centre, a painting of the same sculpture.
Soulful saint with dog and tamarisk
Artwork in the garden of one of the big bourgeois villas in the Magdalena district where we stayed
This isn’t an artwork, but I like the combination of natural and artificial. Magdalena district again.
Near the port, two sets of statues that commemorate the city fire of 1941. I like how the second group of people stand in the grass. What is the relationship between the two sets? Are some of the people the same, for example?
A head with an etiolated body. Makes me think of what happens in the end to the people in Doris Lessing’s The making of the representative for Planet 8.
A head with a starfish (Augusto Gonzalo Linares, founder of Spain’s first marine biology laboratory).
In honour of those who were killed at the battle of Trafalgar, 1805
Monument to the Italian Legions, 1930s
Commemoration of the Dos de Mayo in 1808 (when Spanish people rebelled against the Napoleonic takeover of Spain)