Juan Sanchez, an artist from Imbabura who never considered himself as a craftsman or a sculptor, is the creator of the most representative giant figures of Guayaquil city.
He first worked in “the parrot” located at La Alborada neighborhood, then “the iguana” in Urdesa. Next month, for the October festivities, the Municipality of Guayaquil is planning the official opening of his latest work: a machin-monkey (an endangered species in the coast) of 14 meters height, located at Juan Xavier Marcos Aguirre Av., in Santa Ana tunnel entrance.
For the realization of this sculpture Sanchez used 110,000 pieces of pottery that line the structure of this work. The pottery was made by hand in Quito and Jipijapa.
“This is the most complex sculpture that I’ve had worked in, it is a big satisfaction.” said Sanchez.
Melvin Hoyos, Culture and Civic Promotion of the municipality Director, explains that the sculpture do not pigeonholed any folk reading made in Guayaquil, just because people in the highlands call “monkey” to people who were born in the cost. This animal was chosen among a group of animal emblem of the city and the region.