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Mallorca art: Where the Waves Break

A sea side sculpture 'park' by Joan Bennassar

Mallorca's north-eastern coast resort, Cala Ratjada, has a new attraction this season, a sculpture route called 'Where the Waves Break' along its coastline
by the artist Joan Bennassar. Just inaugurated by the local council based in nearby Capdepera, the coastal path and gardens are dotted with 11 sculptures by Bennassar, one of Mallorca's most
important, and famous, living artists.

Born in Pollensa in 1950, he absorbed many influences before settling into his own personal style which he refers to as 'primitivism.' As you'll see from our photos (courtesy of Capdepera council
and Joan Bennassar) the figures, made of high quality cement pigments
have a certain simplistic, primitive style about them.

Eleven figures in all grace the seafront, some, full length and nearly 3 metres tall, are placed on the rocks by the sea and others, half figures, are located in the gardens. Weighing up to 450 kg,
the female statues invite us to contemplate the poetic beauty of the land, the sea, and the female form!

To compliment the sculptures, there'll also be an exhibition of Bennassar's paintings at Cala Ratjada's Cap Vermell cultural centre from 4th June to 31st August featuring his
work on those the well known Mediterranean trilogy of sex, wine and the sea.

I imagine that the sculptures will provide a lot of photo opportunities for holidaymakers in the resort and I hope that it attracts a lot of new visitors too. Don't forget that Cala Ratjada is also
the home to another stunning collection of modern sculpture at the March Foundation Gardens just a stroll along the coast
and overlooking the stunningly beautiful Cala Gat.

Well worth a day out!