A sculpture entitled ‘El Encuentro‘ adorns the roundabout by the Supersol supermarket at the western entrance to Nerja. It dates from 2005 and is the work of sculptor Robert Harding, although the official municipal ‘Point of Interest’ sign board unfortunately calls him Robert Halding. Twice. Poor artist.
The piece symbolises Nerja as a ‘meeting’ place and a nexus where different cultures, villages and even continents can join together.
This coexistence is represented by its stone base in stark contrast to the steel structure. One extremity has two monoliths (upright blocks of stone), suggesting a welcoming open door, while the other has just one monolith, giving the idea of continuity.
The figures on the bridge represent the people who visit Nerja, converting it into a cosmopolitan town.
Another example of work by Robert Harding, this time in collaboration with Perry Oliver, can be seen in Frigiliana. And they got his name right this time!!
You can read about the artist, who lives in Frigiliana, HERE.