Plaza Las Americas revives the tradition of sculpting Saints
Religious art exhibit during Holy Week
San Juan, Puerto Rico - Plaza Las Americas presents a sample of saints and other religious-themed crafts at the fair Plaza de Santos, that will be celebrating during Holy Week, from Monday, April 2 through Saturday, April 7. The occasion serves as a public presentation of the crafts participating in the First Beatus John Paul II Carving Contest and exhibit of “Saints to Dress”, of the Women’s Carving Group.
Local artisans have been invited to attend this premier event in honor of Beatus John Paul II, who celebrated a Mass on the grounds of Plaza Las Americas during his 1984 visit to Puerto Rico.
"As part of PLAZA’S commitment in the development and promotion of Puerto Rican handcrafts, we are constantly looking for new projects that revive forgotten traditions or promote new ones about people and events that are part of our collective experiences," said Lorraine Vissepó, Director of Communications of the mall.
While the contest promotes new traditions, the exhibition of “Saints to Dress” displays traditional images that represent various Christian liturgical invocations of saints who played an important religious function, mostly in churches during the past centuries. Unlike traditional carving of Santos, where the body is completely carved, in “Saints to Dress” only the face and hands are carved and the body is covered by clothing.
Vissepó explained, "This project has been an effort to revive this tradition, since each piece is part of an exhibition that is intended to promote and perpetuate a beautiful Puerto Rican tradition that is rarely practiced today."
In addition to these exhibits, visitors can appreciate Plaza de Santos and acquire other creations like Bible covers, baptism outfits, rosaries, altar cloths, paintings and other craft demonstrations related to the topic.
For more information on Plaza de Santos and schedule of activities, you may call 787-767-5202.