Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cuba Trip - Day 7, Havana - Part 1

We begin our very busy day with a visit to a local primary school. From there, we go to Fusterlandia, a tile art project that went wild. Our next stop was at the interesting University of the Arts.

The primary school was our first stop.

The main hallway has lots of art done by the students.

An old Coleman lamp. 

The national bird of Cuba, the tocororo, holding a pencil. 

The school's computer room. Remember those? 

The students were so happy to see us!

More happy students.

A coco taxi. They are common in Cuba.

 The interior of a coco taxi.

This is the ugliest building in Cuba - the Russian Embassy.

We are entering Fusterlandia. In 1975, after moving into a modest wood house in the rundown neighborhood of Jaimanitas outside Havana, Jose Fuster set about decorating his studio in colorful mosaic. Once he was done there, he asked his neighbors if he could decorate their homes and businesses as well. A few accepted his offer and the tile creations grew. Over the course of a decade, doctors' offices,bus stops, fountains, benches, gateways and more were enveloped by Fuster's whimsical imagination. Today, his artwork coats over 80 houses in the neighborhood in a rainbow of strange, enchanting fantasy. He was influenced by Gaudi and Picasso resulting in very creative work.

Let the art begin. . . 

 Marlys enjoying the shade under this unique mushroom.

 She turned into a flower.

A mermaid enjoying the view.

Two water cisterns have lovely art. 

 A man on crutches on the roof.

 The third floor roof.

VIVA CUBA is on these 8 cisterns.

 Princess Diana awaits across the street.

Castro returning to Cuba on the Granma.

We're used to seeing dogs on the roofs, but a chicken?

We are now at the University of the Arts. This is a top college for people in music, art, theater and dance with only 65 students and 65 teachers. The architecture was very strange - a tribute to a woman's internal sexual organs like the vagina, etc. The art was hard to understand but was cool to see.

The entrance awaits us.

That's the largest knife I've ever seen.

Looking out of the entrance.

One of the curved areas where water would pour from
the spouts when it rains - depicting the urinary tract.

On of the many covered walkways. We were told that there
was no steel used in the construction. The roofs were
made from carefully fitted handmade bricks

This courtyard represents the vagina.

Susan captioned this photo as
"Two men talking about vaginas."

This represents the ovaries but is actually
where rainwater spills into a small pond.

Interesting outside wall art.

In the studio, I found this table where
all four legs were wearing boots. Makes sense.

This art reflects light.

This is the last painting I would ever want in my house!

Some ugly old building. . .

Birds on stuff?


Pouring some thick chocolate.

Two men snorkeling in the garden.

We then stopped at El Aljibe Restaurante for yet another delicious
Cuban meal before continuing our day of adventure.

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