Nervous and happy. This is how the sculptor Julio Nieto felt yesterday after inaugurating his work I take it well in the Plaza de España, in Santa Cruz. A piece, shaped like a man and a tree, made of stainless steel, five meters high and weighing 450 kilos, which has a great love story behind it.
And it is that, seven years ago, this work was exhibited for weeks in the same environment where it is found today. It was a temporary exhibition that struck the hearts of many chicharreros, who decided to start a campaign through the networks to raise money and buy it. The objective was not fulfilled and the piece traveled all over the world.
Seven years later, the son of Juan Fernández, ten times Spanish motorsport champion and a lover of Santa Cruz, decided to acquire it and give it to the capital. A gesture that the mayor of the city, José Manuel Bermúdez, thanked, since “the human tree that tells the idyll between the city and the artist is welcomed by the chicharreros with open arms.” “A dream come true,” according to Nieto, who told DIARIO DE AVISOS that at the base of the tree, where are the names of those who helped him stay, there is sand from the La Palma volcano. “It is a symbol that, in all that destruction, life grows,” said the artist.