pictures from the Picasa webalbum by Paco Ayuso
On the outskirts of the small Spanish community of Iglesuela (Toledo area) an open air "museum" named el safari de piedra de Arroyolugar shows a large number of rock-carved animals.
Life and works
These sculptures have been created by Longino Ayuso (1923-1990), a farmer who around 1970
began transforming the area around his farmhouse on the outskirts of the community into an art environment.
Ayuso has made most of the sculptures in situ, carving the granite rocks that abound in the area. It was his dream to create a harmonious constellation of the animal kingdom and nature.
Ayuso has also been active in making paintings in a naturalistic style (see pictures in the website mentioned in the documentation)
After Ayuso's death in 1990 the inheritors, who do not live in the area, have given the land into lease to a neighbouring farmer. I do not know if this situation currently (2009) still exists.
* A Picasa webalbum created by Paco Ayuso with a large collection of pictures of the site.
* The site got a scholarly review in: Jo Farb Hernandez, Singular Spaces. From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments, Seatlle (Raw Vision, SPACES, San José State University), 2013. ISBN 978-0-615-78565-3. An abridged version is available on SPACES website.
first published july 2009, revised dec 2013
El safari de piedra de Arroyolugar
Iglesuela, prov. Toledo, Castilla-la Mancha, Spain