July 14, 2009

Longino Ayuso, El safari de piedra de Arroyolugar/The stone safari of Arroyolugar

pictures 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)

Actual situation

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. This situation probably has continued for years, because in 2020 on a weblog a referral to the site was made.

* The site got a scholarly review in: Jo Farb Hernandez, Singular Spaces. From the Eccentric to the Extraordinary in Spanish Art Environments, Seattle (Raw Vision, SPACES, San José State University), 2013. ISBN 978-0-615-78565-3. An abridged version is available on SPACES website.
* Website La Iglesuela with a variety of pictures
* Weblog Agualuz y Viento (November 2020) with a short referral to the site

first published July 2009, last revised February 2022

Longino Ayuso
El safari de piedra de Arroyolugar
Iglesuela, prov. Toledo, Castilla-la Mancha, Spain


  1. What a good idea, if the human being are going to transform their surroundings, what better to do it by modeling art, specially if it inspired in "naturaleza". Certainly the idea of using the stones in the very site to build those statues amazed me. What do people of the future will think if they find it? (hope the monumets to last that long. They will be wondering as we do with Lascaux paintings perhaps.