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Mallorca resort art

Street art and sculpture

When Thomas Merton wrote “Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time,” in No man is an Island he probably had absolutely no idea that it would ring true on a Mediterranean island's resorts! However, true it is, as once again Mallorca's east coast resort of Cala Ratjada once again has a sea-side sculpture path and Cala Millor is using street art to brighten up the place.

For the last few years Cala Ratjada has decorated its shoreline from the Son Moll beach to the harbour with a series of sculptures featuring a different artist each year. The displays have all been very different and provided talking points and conversation openers to the many people who've strolled the promenade on balmy summer's evenings.

This year the sculptures are the work of Valencian artist Vicente Barón who's made 15 large scale replicas of everyday objects which he intends to be interpreted as a metaphor for the isolation and incommunication that people feel in the big metropolises of the world today, where, even though there are millions of inhabitants, people are lonely.

On a more cheerful note, the 'connected' resorts of Sa Coma, Cala Millor and Cala Bona, further down the coast are being brightened up courtesy of local street artists. Under the strapline of Color Millor, the local council has sponsored the painting of some not very pretty industrial installations – electricity transformers, sewage pumping stations and the like – with some really happy themes.

Look out for a parasailing jellyfish, undersea scenes with fish and aquatic plants, food, local products and kids' themes. In fact, the tourist office can supply you with a route – ideal for cycling – of all the works of art. Just call in and ask.

I think it's a great idea and so do the council, as they're going to commission more painting in the less touristy areas of the borough like Son Carrió, Sant Llorenç and Son Servera.