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Iconic Marbella Horse Fountain Undergoes Majestic Restoration on its 40th Anniversary!

April 16, 2024
Marbella's famous horse fountain to be restored as it turns 40

Marbella’s Iconic Horse Fountain Set for Restoration

As it approaches its 40th anniversary, the iconic horse fountain in Marbella is set to undergo a significant facelift. The sculpture, a symbol of the old town since its installation in 1985, will be temporarily removed for restoration work.

Historic Centre’s Artistic Landmark

Located in the heart of the historic centre, the sculpture is the work of renowned artist Amador Braojos. The town hall will oversee the restoration project. Councillor Diego López emphasized the importance of the project, given the sculpture’s iconic status in the heart of Marbella, particularly in the bustling Avenida Ramón y Cajal Avenue, next to Calle Enrique del Castillo, opposite La Alameda.

Restoration Work Needed

López highlighted the need for the restoration, citing the poor condition of the pool’s interior waterproofing, the exterior finish, and the box housing the water pump. The sculpture, three metres wide and 0.8 metres high, is lined with slabs of Casares stone and features two attached planters. Inside the statue is an internal circuit for the water which, due to current drought water restrictions, is not functioning.

Restoration Process

The first step in the restoration process is to dismantle the sculpture and transport it to Madrid, where its creator, Braojos, will oversee its restoration. The remaining work will involve dismantling the lighting and water pumping system, renovating the basin, planters, and pump housing, waterproofing the basin and planters, installing a new water pump and lights, and finishing with marble cladding and ornamental decoration.

Marbella’s Sculptural Heritage

Marbella boasts a wealth of sculptures and architectural gems that distinguish it from neighbouring towns. In addition to the famous horse fountain, the Venus of Marbella, another 80s sculpture, has found a permanent home on El Faro beach after several relocations. Other popular sculptures include the girl with the swing in the Alameda and the arch with the letters Marbella.

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