Havana – Fusterlandia

Havana, Cuba, 10 September 2016

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This is the second of our three days in Havana after the end of the tour. We hired one of our local guides to show us around Havana. These images are from the middle of that day, in an art locale known as Fusterlandia.

(Click on any image to see it larger).

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Fusterlandia is a small fishing village just outside Havana.

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In 1975, José Fuster started this project by decorating his own house.

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Since then it has spread to the parks and neighborhood, including over 80 homes.

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1957 Chevrolet (taxi).

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Local horse and cart.

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Locals around a mural featuring Hugo Chavez and the flags of Venezuela and Cuba.

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José Fuster is still living in the village and working on the project, at an age of around 75.

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Just in case you didn’t notice, the dog is biological rather than ceramic and is probably not a permanent feature on the roof.

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His art is distinctly Cuban, and includes influences from Gaudi, Brâncuși and Picasso.

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Workers atop a nearby house, behind electrical wires.

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Viva Cuba!.

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Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Edsel, Fusterlandia, Havana, Mosaic, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Edsel, Fusterlandia, Havana, Mosaic, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Edsel, Fusterlandia, Havana, Mosaic, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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A golden opportunity to do some sewing…

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Architecture, Art, Cars, Cuba, Edsel, Fusterlandia, Havana, Mosaic, Photography, Street photography, Travel .

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And a 1958 Edsel Pacer convertible arrives (!).

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The Edsel was supposed to be a great new advance for Ford but instead became a byword for commercial failure.  Although there were eighteen models initially available, the marque only lasted two years and cost Ford $US350 million.

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7 comments on “Havana – Fusterlandia

  1. leggypeggy says:

    How fun. Can’t believe we missed this.

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  2. I liked your comments about the ‘biological feature’ and the ‘golden opportunity’.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. enmanscamera says:

    I sure enjoyed your series Murray. Photographic the art was a great idea.

    Liked by 1 person

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