Spotting the Stars in Santa Cruz

It seems appropriate that a building as unusual and imposing as the Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín should be located in an area of Santa Cruz where quirks are as common as sunny days.

Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Opposite the Auditorio is the Black Fort, an historic contrast that’s more than 350 years younger. Above the fort is the lush curve of the Palmetum whose palms are framed by snow clad mountains on a warm February afternoon in Tenerife. Off to one side are the colourful circular tanks at the refinery, not the most aesthetic of vistas but at least they’ve made an effort.

Most curious of all are the rocks of a hundred faces.

The huge blocks protecting the Auditorium from the Atlantic were transformed a couple of years ago by a Bulgarian artist called Stoyko Gagamov, who turned the dull shapes into an unusual outdoor art gallery by painting portraits of famous musicians on them.

The game is to find your favourite. As we waited for lunch to be cooked at the Auditorio’s Bravo Bistro I went in search of mine.

Rock Paintings, Santa Cruz
Amy Winehouse’ position next to Brahms brought a smile. Unfortunately Liszt was missing from this scene.

Michael Jackson, 100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
There are quite a few portraits of the King of Pop.

Adan Martin, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
One of the few faces that don’t belong to a musician, the late Adán Martín, the Canarian politician responsible for the fact that the Auditorium exists.

100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
A sea of famous faces.

Sunbathing, 100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Tinerfeños don’t need sand to sunbathe.

Jimi Hendrix, 100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Jimi, Bob and another bloke taking pictures of the rocks.

John Lennon, 100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
Simply John.

David Bisbal, Tom Jones,100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
David, Giuseppe and Tom; an eclectic international mix.

Jim Morrison, 100 Faces, Auditorio de Tenerife, Santa Cruz, Tenerife
And finally the one I was searching for, the Lizard King himself, the great Jim Morrison.

I’m not going to list who else is there, there are some unusual inclusions, as that would spoil the fun.

Next time you visit the Auditorium stick your head over the sea wall to see if you can spot your favourite musicians.

 

Jack is co-owner, writer and photographer for BuzzTrips and the Real Tenerife series of travel websites as well as a contributor to online travel sites and travel magazines. Follow Jack on Google+

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