After officially starting its eleventh season in November, the Free Malecon Sculpture Tour that is sponsored by Galeria Pacifico and led by its owner, Gary Thompson will now happen every Tuesday morning at 9:30 through the middle of April. No reservations are required and one must only show by 9:30am at the “Millennium” sculpture next to the Hotel Rosita at the north end of the Malecon ocean promenade.
The tour starts with the artist Mathis Lidice explaining the symbols included in the “Millen- nium” installation and the story behind its creation.
Thompson then talks about each sculpture as the group walks south on the Malecon, while Kevin Simpson of Collectika and Peyote People galleries explains the numerous symbols in relief in the pavement that relate to the belief system of the Huichol Indians who live in the Sierra Madre Mountains northeast of Vallarta.
The tour takes about two hours, but Thompson looks for seating in the shade at each sculpture whenever possible. The tour ends at Galeria Pacifico’s location at 174 Aldama Street where free beverages are provided and on most weeks the artist Jim Demetro is often present to talk about his sculptures in PV, which include the “Dancers of Vallarta,” “Woman Washing Clothes,” and the burro sculpture in Lazaro Cardenas Park, “Andale Bernardo.”
A representative of Vallarta’s public library is also present to accept no pressure donations, since the Biblioteca Los Mangos receives only tiny fraction of its budget from the government.
More information on the tour may be found at galeriapacifico.com or by calling 322 222 1982.