Antilles Fountain (Fuente de las Antillas)

The Antilles Fountain (Fuente de las Antillas), work carried out by the sculptress Rita Longa Arostegui in 1977 and one of the works of more relevance and reason of popular true pride in Las Tunas city, it is located in the Vicente García and Lucas Ortiz streets on the river Hormigo in the oriental Cuban province of Las Tunas.

The core of this sculptural group was gotten by means of the body of India Taína lay down in sexual rest on the marine flora, representing the biggest of Antilles, The Island of Cuba.

Antilles Fountain (Fuente de las  Antillas)

The legend that gives origin to the piece explains that in one of the isles of Caribbean Sea, the Jaías headman had a son like his only heir, but this last dies and the father decides to bury him inside a pumpkin (symbol of prosperity and fertility), with the purpose of keeping it near him and with the hope that in some moment he could resuscitate.
But one day four youths tempted by the curiosity, decided to take the pumpkin and when making it, lots of fishes came out and water spring up from the pumpkin, giving origin to Antilles.

This was a project that Rita had conceived initially for different parts of the Island and of the foreigner and that she saw its materialization in Las Tunas city because it got the ideal space.

The Antilles Fountain takes up an area 40 meters long by 30 meters wide and it reflects the legend very faithfully that in turn comes to interpret the biggest Antilles. In that work, Cuba appears as a sleeping Indian on the water and to its surroundings the islands of Port Rico, Santo Domingo, Haiti, Jamaica and Island of Youth are symbolized in coral.

Antilles Fountain (Fuente de las  Antillas)

The Antilles Fountain builds in ferro-cement with rosy sand of Guamá and sustained by a steel frame.

It is one of the distinctions that represent Las Tunas, as "Cuban Capital of Sculpture” in which takes place, The Biennial of Sculpture Rita Longa. This work reaches international fame putting in place of honor to the Cuban sculptural movement of the decade of the 50.

The artistic birth gave origin to a national meeting of sculptors in 1977, that which motivated to that Rita Longa, then president of the Advisory Council for the Development of the Monumental and Environmental Sculpture, that exclaimed: "Las Tunas is the capital of the sculpture in Cuba". And that idea has been recorded in people from Las Tunas and foreigners.