CIMARRON: THE ACCOMPANIED HAND

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Casa del Ca­ri­be was ce­le­bra­ting its 15th an­ni­ver­sary when, in the hill for­merly na­med del Car­de­ni­llo, lo­ca­ted in El Co­bre, a vi­lla­ge se­ve­rely af­fec­ted by mi­ning, a spe­ci­al mo­nu­ment full of sym­bo­lism, not only on ac­count of the pla­ce se­lec­ted, but be­cau­se it was strongly char­ged with spi­ri­tu­al emo­ti­on that ema­na­ted from its al­most 10 me­ters of phy­si­cal re­a­li­za­ti­on, was inau­gu­ra­ted.

A work of sculp­tor Al­ber­to Les­cay Me­ren­cio, if we eva­lu­a­te it as an ho­ma­ge to the fe­e­ling of re­be­lli­ous­ness of black ru­naways, and as a re­min­der that the­re are ot­her forms of sla­very in the mo­dern world, ot­her than chains and traps, it se­ems to us that this sculp­tu­re, ma­de out of bron­ze and ot­her ma­te­ri­als, ri­ses hig­her in an in­fi­ni­te li­ne gui­ded by that hand that de­fi­nes it in its as­pi­ra­ti­on to re­ach the ski­es, that is, fre­e­dom.

El Cimarron is ne­ver alo­ne - has ex­pres­sed Al­ber­to Les­cay, in an ex­pres­si­on that in­di­ca­tes se­ve­ral me­a­nings. In that of the com­pany's, pe­o­ple such as Jo­el Ja­mes, the foun­ding fat­her of Casa del Ca­ri­be and its ema­na­ti­ons; the spi­ri­tu­a­list Ju­an Gon­za­lez, known by everyo­ne as Ma­de­lai­ne and the big­gest pro­tec­tor of Cimarron, along with ne­arby vi­lla­gers, usu­ally co­me by this power­ful fi­gu­re of a du­al fa­ce in an ac­com­pa­nying ri­te that le­a­ves, at the end, tra­ces in the cal­dron, its ba­se: flowers, gar­ments, always so­met­hing per­so­nal.

Every July, the num­ber of pe­o­ple co­ming by this sculp­tu­re grow: the Fes­ti­val del Ca­ri­be event, spe­ci­ally on the 7th when the ho­ma­ge takes pla­ce, a big party of the re­soun­ding drum that spe­aks of li­be­ra­ting chants, as tho­se ye­ar­nings that free Ne­gro Jo­se An­to­nio Apon­te an­noun­ced in his dre­ams of fu­tu­re.

It is twenty ye­ars now sin­ce that mag­ne­tic fi­gu­re of Cimarron star­ted to ru­le the hill: ten ye­ars now sin­ce the si­te was com­ple­ted with Ga­le­ria A Ci­e­lo Abi­er­to, whe­re so many voi­ces and hands, and spi­ri­tu­a­li­ti­es ha­ve in­voked the power of the wis­hes for pe­a­ce in our ho­me pla­net. Be­cau­se Cimarron, cer­tainly, with a vi­si­on that very much re­sem­bles the le­gend, touc­hes the sky lif­ted by all every July 7th.

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