Litter is deplorable at any time but when you see rubbish spoiling such a wonderfully unique landscape as Lanzarote’s, it’s positively a crime. Unfortunately this volcanic wonderland is no stranger to occasionally having its beauty blemished by mangled car wrecks, discarded washing machines and all manner of rusting debris.
Thankfully there is a scavenger on the loose on Lanzarote who thrives on rescuing rubbish from countryside. Sculptor Mick Gonnel scours the land searching for illegally dumped objects that might look like unsightly scrap to most of us, but which to Mick’s eye represent rough diamonds that merely require a bit of imaginative polish. He takes the concept of recycling to a whole new level by creating witty works of art out of waste materials. His talented hands breathe new life into mangled metal, creating armies of moustached warriors, surreal rock bands and weirdly wonderful creatures that possess a delicious Dali-esque humour.
Normally you can see some examples of his art around the picturesque streets of Teguise but over the next few weeks visitors to the town who are also fans of adroit art that doesn’t take itself too seriously are in for a treat. Many members of Mick’s metal gang are on display at the Santo Domingo Convent in an exhibition entitled Luz y Hierro (Light & Iron) which also features the work of Polish photographer Jacek Przybylowski.
The exhibition is open 10am-1pm and 5pm-8pm Monday to Friday and 10am-1pm Saturday until 4th September. Entrance is free.