Tuesday, 16 June 2015
Cuba: Cementerio de Cristobal Colon, Havana
Cemeteries tell so much about life. No matter where I go, I find myself wandering amongst the memorials imagining these lives once lived. I suppose it's a rather chastening experience - the reminder that all life is transitory so why worry about trivia - but it's also intriguing. Each life is a story to be told, a tiny fragment of a collective history, an imperfectly shaped but colourful tessera that makes up the mosaic. Havana's cemetery, extending over 140 acres, is jam packed with them.
Tempting though it is to highlight memorials and mausoleums, there is so much here that perhaps it makes more sense simply to wander without trying to find other people's recommendations. Whatever you discover will be a piece of personal history. Here are some that Andrew photographed.
The cemetery is full of art. One piece of sculpture caught my eye: a beautiful art deco white marble pieta which, I have since learned, is by Cuba's most famous sculptor, Rita Longa. it is a piece of sighing simplicity and I'm going to contradict myself and suggest you do seek this one out. It is on the tomb of the Aguilera family. I cannot believe we don't have a photo of it. Take a look at a picture that appeared in The Guardian newspaper here It's right at the bottom of the page which also features other art deco highlights around Havana and comes courtesy of the travel writer and photographer Claire Boobyer.
Posted by Kelly at 07:00