‘Fobos’ wind sculpture, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

‘Fobos’ wind sculpture, Lanzarote, Canary Islands

June 2015 Issue

‘Fobos’ wind sculpture, Lanzarote, Canary Islands


Erected in 1994 in the village of Tahiche on Lanzarote (one of Spain's Canary Islands, off the northwest coast of Africa), the cast-iron wind sculpture pictured in the April issue's mystery photo is one of several created by native-born artist and architect César Manrique. All of the sculptures are located on roundabouts; this particular one is called "Fobos."

Manrique started sketching these unusual "wind toys" in the '70s, trying to create something to replace the island's disappearing windmills. Following his death in 1992, a foundation was created that continues to foster Manrique's passion for art and also for preserving the natural environment.

Four correct answers were submitted, and RAYMOND PRINCE of Maple Valley, Washington, won the drawing. We thank Gail Riba of Wimauma, Florida, for submitting the photo.

Correct answers were submitted by: Sylvia Levi, Studio City, CA; WINNER: Raymond Prince, Maple Valley, WA; Ed Schlenk, Marshalltown, IA; Jill Sullivan, Waynesboro, VA.