With a tiny slice of time, I am again sharing images of my most favorite mascots that dot the Ecuadorian landscapes during this final week of the year.
Each year they seem more scarce, and their absence concerns me. As with flowers, the presence or absence of these ‘ano viejo’ effigies somehow represents the soul of the community. Why are they no longer enjoying this custom in my sweet community?
Years ago, the town of Jama held competitions, and the streets were lined with highly-creative Ano Viejos! All week long, people worked on their masterpieces, and I loved walking through the neighborhoods and admiring the unique sculptures. This year I spotted two in my walk through town, one day before New Year’s Eve. (I should give them a prize!)
One can find the mass-produced effigies in many towns, but the ture works of art are vanishing.
Below: Many effigies guard the malecon in Baha de Caraquez.
Public art is so important, especially when community projects are included! I paused to read this sign and then laughed! How could I not donate fifty cents so that someone could buy a limonade-ita?! (Bahia de Caraquez)
Even if you’re not ready to sculpt a masterpiece, take the center cardboard roll from paper towels and wrap some newspapers around it and form a token New Year’s Eve effigy. Burn it at midnight and burn away the old year, all good and all bad that has happened, and start the new year fresh!
Jama DOES have one amazing work of art under construction. Thankfully it won’t be burned, but this project in progress deserves its own post.
It’s great to be back on the coast! Happy New Year, everyone, and Happy Birthday to my sister Pat!