Wind Toy

Entering the area of "Los Alisios", we find behind a small pond, the so called “Juguete del viento”, or Wind Toy, that shares its name with the area. The alisios winds, also known as trade winds, arrive to the Canary Islands from the Atlantic Ocean, and have a profound influence on the climate of our islands. They are part of the childhood memories of César Manrique in Lanzarote, and a constant reference in his work.

The monument is made of cast iron plates of various geometric shapes, which spin in an opposite rotational movement when the wind blows, and which are erected on a base of basaltic stones, that maintain the weight of these stunning structures.

The sculpture's slightly reddish colour and rough feel, due to the rust that covers it, it’s a sign of the footprint left by nature over time.