Bronze sculpture of child and his grandfather caring of plants and flowers, Cordoba, Spain
© David M G/Alam
From generation to generation
The decoration of “patios” is almost a religion here in Cordoba, Spain. Although its origin is not exactly clear, it is a tradition strongly rooted within the population of the Andalusian region in the country’s south. As such, the sculpture featured on today’s homepage can be found in the San Basilio district, and pays tribute to all those who take care of the many vertical gardens that shine with an extra-special splendour during the spring.
Made from bronze, this installation is signed by artist José Manuel Belmonte. The whole set portrays a grandfather with his grandson placing flower-pots on the wall to symbolise the past and future of the tradition – which has transferred from generation to generation for more than a century. There are dozens of flowery courtyards throughout the old town, which help represent the identity and pride of Cordovan citizens and their way of living. Since 2012 these “patios” have even been registered as a Cultural Heritage protected by UNESCO.