OSO: Francisco Esnayra’s Magic Bear at La Aurora Gardens
By Margaret Failoni
Recently, the Intersección Gallery at the Aurora Art and Design Center inaugurated a well-attended exhibition, “Placebos,” by a young sculptor from Chihuahua, Francisco Esnayra. The first fifty persons to attend were gifted with a catalog illustrating the many superb works in the exhibition, from clay and bronze to resin “pill heads,” a superbly sculpted cow giving birth, a capsule made from tightly pressed stuffed animals, and cats and dogs representing the substitute love object. But missing was the star of the show, “ Oso.” The last touches were being completed on the monumental steel sculpture just minutes before the opening of the show. Placed in an area designated by the owners of the Center for the eventual placement of sculpture, the large bear immediately became the center of attraction until a swarm of disturbed wasps forced onlookers back into the gallery space. During the following days, spotlights were installed, and the bear has become a center of attraction invading the social networks with its luminous majesty. Thanks to the vision of the owners of the art center and the Intersección Gallery, the Aurora Art and Design Center is slowly and authoritatively becoming an influential sculpture garden with visitors from all over the republic. I strongly recommend visiting it on weekends, (Friday through Sunday) after sunset, to see “Oso” in all its beauty. Walking around the sculpture, the light, which bathes the steel ribbons, gives the impression of movement, adding to the magic of the piece. Congratulations to Francisco Esnayra, to the Intersección Gallery, and especially to the Garay family, owners of the Center.