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recycling art rubber museum ruplares

Ruplares Museum - the art of rubber recycling
Young entrepreneurial consciences are those added by the three architects of the Rubber Museum of Fuerteventura. Their creativity and commitment to environmental awareness has led them to convert old rubber tires into sculptures, where the animal world guides their philosophy of combining art and nature.

These are the brothers Zoleidy and Anderson Rentería, and Jhonathan Álvarez, who barely reach their thirties but have already shown a solid artistic and business project.

Although dedicated to the hospitality sector, they wanted to contribute to the defence of the planet with awareness through their creativity. In the Museo del Caucho, open to the public in Barranco del Pilón street in Puerto del Rosario, just half a year ago, a good part of his work can be seen, which is also exhibited elsewhere.

They also work through commissions. Other works can be seen in various establishments on the Island. They started with their commitment to environmental awareness through plants, hence their signature: Ruplares (wheels, plants and recycling, in the plural). "Planting is fundamental," says Anderson.

Now they deepen their proposal, sculpting the animal world with tires as another presentation of nature. The idea of recycling rubber from tires was exported by Jhonathan from his native Venezuela, where on one of his trips he discovered places where sculptures made from recycled rubber were sold.

That vision stayed in his head until the day his first motorcycle wheel came to his hands, which “without wire” seemed easier to handle, so he was encouraged to create art, while recycling the material .

The group has been like that for four years now, in which it has created and recycled more than fifty works. Work that these artists have been able to present in various exhibitions until the idea of concentrating this art in a single space, such as the current Rubber Museum of Puerto del Rosario.

It is a place that serves as an exhibition hall. All his work is for sale. In the museum they present to the public a compendium of sculptures as part of this environmental awareness project in which they also work with educational centres to instill the need to recycle among schoolchildren.

Aware of the importance of educating the human being from the beginning in the concept of recycling and awakening the curiosity of minors. “If we stop using materials that are harmful to the environment and those that are used in our favor, we are making progress. We get the trash to be functional. That is what we are trying to convey, ”they point out.

"We wanted to create something physical to show this philosophy to the public, but the idea is that it be an itinerant museum, so that our proposal circulates," says Anderson.

Given the great demand that exists around the tire sector, these artists want to put their grain of sand in the recycling of that material. “There are companies that do this work, but we wanted to make art. Transmit awareness and seek alternatives. This is one of them, more attractive and striking, ”explain the young people.

Zoleidy puts the feminine part to the sculptures, "the most delicate part", as they comment, as are the faces and gestures of the sculptures. To develop their project as an itinerant museum, these creators have initiated contacts in other islands to present their works, for example in shopping centres in Lanzarote or Tenerife.

“We look for large public spaces where people usually go so that, in those visits they make on a daily basis, the artistic and environmental proposal may surprise them. We have to take this museum out so that as many people as possible see it, ”they comment. Meanwhile, his works will be part of an exhibition at the Fuerteventura airport, this November.

In the tour of the Rubber Museum, the pieces are accompanied by informative panels about the animals that these sculptures represent, such as the life-size dodo that presides over one of the rooms, an extinct bird at the end of the 17th century and that is exhibited as an archetype of extinct species because of the human being.

These explanatory notes also include environmental news, which artists are updating, or the origin of the material they use for their creations. His idea is to continue the cycle of matter. "Rubber is something natural, it is obtained from a milky substance called latex, which is extracted from plants that are transformed with other components to resist high temperatures and weight, that additive is the one that pollutes so much," they explain.

As if it were hunting trophies, among his works are representations of bull, deer, lion or wolf heads, to demonstrate that you can enjoy animal beauty without ending nature. Its intention is to find solutions to this high demand for pneumatic rubber, which the industry cannot do without. "All these wheels that are used in these works are no longer out there polluting," they emphasize.

They get the basis of their creations, mainly in the workshops, businesses that avoid having to pay a specialized company to free them from waste. The works of the museum are also for sale. They say that they have sold 30 percent of their creations and that they are distributed inside and outside the Island, like the famous logo of the bar Here We Are, one of the businesses that opted to have their designs, to which the creators have to dedicate the free time that allows them to work in the hospitality industry, such as that of the arepera that they also run in the capital of Majorera, easily identifiable by the sculptures on its facade.

One of his regular clients has given them the acquired sculpture so that they can exhibit it in the Museum. This is Davy Jones from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean, whose tentacles face is framed in one of the portholes rescued from the luxurious American Star liner, stranded in 1994 on Garcey Beach.

Remember that, after the safety measures that must be contemplated to work so rough and polluting material, once treated it is “harmless” and of great durability so it can serve as a decorative element in facades and terraces.

It is the case of the courtyard of the Rubber Museum itself, decorated with mythological figures, such as an impressive tap, next to a dragon or a siren, among other proposals, and that can be admired from one of the comfortable recycled pneumatic wheel armchairs that have enabled for the rest of the visitors.

Young people comment that each work is unique and irreplaceable, so it hurts every time they have to part with any of their creations. Not surprisingly, they have left a little of each of them.

Courtesy of Diario de Fuerteventura

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A bit of extra info for anyone interested in these sculptures.

Open Wednesday to Sunday  10:00 - 14:00 & 17:00 - 21:00

Calle Barranco Pilón 7B, Puerto del Rosario 35600

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Phone: +34 631 99 25 13

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They are amazing when you see them in real life.
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There is one at the entrance to the Ohana bar, and also at the entrance to the gym upstairs just behind the California bar and cafe.
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The museum in Rosario has closed - anyone have any idea if they have opened up elsewhere?
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Strange. Still using this address @ their website.
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(25-11-2019, 09:20 PM)Can the Man Wrote: There is one at the entrance to the Ohana bar, and also at the entrance to the gym upstairs just behind the California bar and cafe.

Photo taken last night 20/12/19 -

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(12-12-2019, 01:45 PM)classic Wrote: The museum in Rosario has closed - anyone have any idea if they have opened up elsewhere?

Completely empty, sad 😔

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I tried emailing the address on the website, but no answer.
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There was an article about Ruplares and the museum in the Binter Inflight magazine the other day, December edition.
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