Meet The (not so) Subtle Rock Eater… Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon

Walking down Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon is always interesting. The Subtle Rock Eater is one of the reasons. I think he might just as well be named The ‘not so’ Subtle Rock Eater or possibly Mr. Eggplant Man.

It’s time to return to Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon. In my last post about the seaside walk, I introduced you to some very strange creatures. There are more of the same today plus some graceful dancers, playful porpoises, a ferocious bandido, a unicorn of sorts, and PV’s iconic seahorse.

Looks like an eggplant to me.
Chomping on rocks under cloudy skies.
And Senor Rock Eater looking just a bit scary.

Love was in the air with this couple as they looked out to sea, or at least down the Malecon.

This piece is titled Nostalgia.
Another perspective. This one provides a view of the Malecon.
And a front view with the Bay of Banderas forming a backdrop.
Graceful Vallarta dancers under swirling clouds.
And the twirling dancers up close.
The Friendship Fountain reflects the relationship between Puerto Vallarta and its sister city, Santa Barbara, California.
Another perspective.
And in black and white.
Pancho Villa
This ‘whale’ included in the Origins and Destination sculpture had a toothy grin. Given its location, I wonder if it is saying “Make Mexico Grate Again.” 🙂
Our toothy friend had an interesting look as he swam forward to grate-ness.
Its companion had a strange look as well. Is our destination to become some kind of combination of animal and machine? If so, I wouldn’t mind flying.
What if you saw your children climbing a ladder and disappearing into the darkness?
Would this be your reaction?
The Millenia sculpture is located at the top of the Malecon.
Reaching toward the future. Evolving.
Closer look.
Touching a unicorn is supposed to bring you good luck. But I suspect that you already knew that.
No trip down the Malecon would be complete without a visit to Puerto Vallarta’s iconic Boy on a Seahorse.
Today he is centered in a colorful Puerto Vallarta sign for the many thousands of annual photos taken by tourists.
A final view from the Malecon for this post. My next PV post will feature postcard pretty sunsets from the city as we say goodbye to Puerto Vallarta.

NEXT POST: Continuing down the PCT.

24 thoughts on “Meet The (not so) Subtle Rock Eater… Puerto Vallarta’s Malecon

  1. Definitely an eggplant! Also laughing at “Make Mexico Grate Again.” Nice pun that one. Some pretty wild and varied stuff here. I think my favorite was the dancers.

    • The dancers have a lovely grace about them and I have always liked the contrasting colors. Couldn’t resist on the grate. As for Eggplant Man, he has always been one of my favorites. Thanks, Gunta. –Curt

  2. Such a rich collection! My vote goes to eggplant man, nostalgia, and the dancers. I suspect I might like the millenia in person though I get how it would be difficult to capture in a photograph. Your close ups of the top show it’s probably something special. Another fun post Curt. And it brings back memories of the Malecon of La Paz on the Baja from years ago.

    • All good choices, Alison, but it is hard to go wrong with the art along PV’s Malecon. Creativity and talent talent is the rule. There is something special about cities that enthusiastically support the arts. And it’s close to magical when they have a beautiful ocean front walk to support the art. And thanks. 🙂 –Curt

  3. What an extraordinary collection of art! I’m not sure if I could pull myself away from the rock eater, or egg plant eater. The city has obviously don’t a wonderful job bringing art and interest to the Malecon.

    • I’ve walked around the Subtle Rock Eater and admired him several times, Sue. Obviously, I have a similar problem! 🙂 And I am impressed with PV’s focus on art. It brings both charm and culture to the city. –Curt

  4. No one has mentioned the resemblance of you and Pancho Villa! 🙂
    Nice coverage of the Malecon – I’ve been there twice and do not recall seeing even half of these sculptures.

    • Laughing, Lexi. I actually have a photo of the two of us together. I needed a similar hat, bigger mustache, and a bandolier, however! Now, there is the behavior bit— remember that my Burning Man name is ‘Outlaw.” 🙂 –Curt

  5. Interesting sculpture. Sometimes I look at public art and wonder, who gets to choose? A committee of artists? A friend in high places? They did a pretty good job here.

    • It’s definitely art with a sense of humor, Dave. And a sense of the weird, although the PV Dancers and Friendship sculptures sport a more traditional look. I suspect the art is chosen by art-oriented people with artists included. As in almost everything, there may also be a bit of who knows who. One thing is certain, Puerto Vallarta is an art-oriented town. –Curt

  6. Those open-air sculptures develop a wonderful patina, if that’s the word. All marvellous but I have a soft spot for the piece entitled ‘Nostalgia’.

    By the way, managed to comment on this page ( but still can’t find the Comments button on the page I get when I select your name. No prob, Curt, but thought it worth mentioning.

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