On the occasion of this event, the mobile sculpture ‘The Tower of Babel’ of the kinetic artist is highlighted in the visits to the artistic garden of Elche.
Huerto del Cura Garden wants to pay tribute to the artist from Alicante Eusebio Sempere (1923-1985) on the centenary of his birth. That is why it joins this event by promoting in their visits the sculpture ‘La Torre de Babel’ of the kinetic creator, located in the garden of Elche for more than 30 years. This work of Sempere, who received the Prince of Asturias Award in 1983, has recently been revised and beautified so that visitors can admire all its splendor. It is a mobile sculptural group that stands out for a set of metal tubes at different heights that rotate on a platform to bring dynamism to one of the most emblematic tourist sites of Elche.
“With this setting we wanted to value and bring to the public the creation of one of the most beloved and most prestigious artists of the province, when it is one hundred years since his birth, being the only moving work that we have in our collection,” explains Francisco Orts, one of the owners of the Huerto del Cura, which was declared a National Artistic Garden in 1943.
Currently, the Huerto del Cura Garden has more than 12,000 square meters and almost a thousand palm trees of various species. The history of the Huerto del Cura Garden begins in 1876 when the farmer Andrés Castaño bought a plot of the orchard where he lived. After his death, the property passed into the hands of his son, the chaplain José Castaño Sánchez. At that time people began to know the place as the orchard of Chaplain Castaño, to be known later by its official name.
Eusebio Sempere was born in 1923 in Onil, the town where he also died in 1985 at the age of 62. He has been one of the most relevant artists of the 20th century in Spain, with great recognition and national and international projection. He was a precursor of kinetic art, having an important influence on the national art scene. His legacy is already part of the main contemporary art collections in Spain and abroad.