wind toys
mobile sculpture

Wind Toys sketch


An important part of César Manrique´s sculpture are his mobiles, what he called Wind Toy. These are solid structures, heavy, cast in iron, made up of spheres, circles, pyramids...that establish an interpenetrating complicated opposing rotational movement.Without doubt he had associated his images with the wind mills, abundant in Lanzarote in the past. He wanted to fill that geography with these substitute references, since the wind mills were disappearing. His plans included placing the Wind Toys in different strategic spots throughout the island.

In 1990 he places one in Arrieta: a spectacular and heavy iron "weather vane " painted in red that softly moves pointing the direction of the wind.

He left a few sketches. Later the factories of the town hall of Lanzarote, where a good part of his previous sculptures were made, have been building them and placing them throughout the island.