The Casa de Las Tejerinas will host from next week the new collection of sculptures by the artist Toby Govan.

The opening of the exhibition ‘Touching precious sensations’ will take place next Friday the 4th, at 21:00 hours, with the guitar performance of Ale del Puerto. It can be visited until August 31, with extended hours, from 09:00 to 23:00 hours.

The Estepona City Council informs that the central courtyard of the Casa de Las Tejerinas, located in the Plaza de las Flores, will host from August 3 to 31 an exhibition of sculptures by the Estepona artist, of Scottish origin, Toby Govan.

The new sculptural collection of this artist, author of four monumental works in the city, is entitled ‘Touching precious sensations’, consists of more than 30 abstract figurative pieces, from 10 to 100 centimeters high, made of materials such as serpentine, limestone, marble, or semiprecious stones such as malachite or lapis lazuli, honey calcite, peridotite, sandstone …, plus 20 other small pieces that will vary during the exhibition time. The inauguration will take place next Friday, August 4, at 21:00 hours, with the performance of the guitarist Ale del Puerto.

The exhibition will remain open to the public until August 31, from Tuesday to Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and Sunday, from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., with free access. The artist will attend to visitors every day, from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

As during last summer’s exhibition, also entitled “Touching Precious Sensations”, the sculptor has shown his satisfaction that this new collection is exhibited in Estepona, and has invited the public to “feel the stones” and see the strength and energy they treasure, from inside of which feelings such as affection, unity and integrity emerge, through their shapes, colors and touch. And the essence of this artist is that his work is made to be touched, he seeks the complicity of the viewer to turn him into a “feeler”, whether in a work of three tons or a figure of 10 centimeters “that fits in the palm of the hand”.

Toby Govan (Edinburgh-1967). The son of artists, at the age of six he moved to Spain, where his parents emigrated, attracted by the “light” of Andalusia. He studied at the Escuela de Artes y Oficios Artísticos in Granada, and photography in Madrid, but his real teacher was his father, Douglas Govan, a sculptor, now deceased, who showed him his technique and the magic of “reading stone”, while his mother Ann, a watercolor painter, helped him to see the world as a “composition”.

For eight years he has been sponsored by Sam Benady of the Sammer Gallery in Puerto Banus and interior designer Sandra Bellington, allowing him to flourish as an artist.

There are Toby Govan sculptures in Spain, Germany, France, UK, USA and many other countries around the world. The largest piece, ‘In Your Arms’, weighing three-and-a-half tons, is one of the four

and a half tons, is one of the four monumental sculptures donated by the artist to the Estepona Town Hall, which have been displayed for years in different public spaces, outdoors, to the delight of passers-by. These works are carved from a single piece of limestone material, with stones mostly from the Ojén quarry and the Guadalmina riverbed. To this collection of works is added the sculpture of municipal ownership ‘Abrazo a la Cultura’, located outside the Padre Manuel Cultural Center.

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