While we are apart during this stressful time, we want to bring you a weekly #DiviDoseofParadise. Check this blog often for a dose of Aruba sun and fun. This week we are learning about the famous sculptures of blue horses found in downtown Oranjestad, Aruba.
This series of 8 sculptures were created by native Aruban artist Osaira Muyale. She named the project Paarden Baii, which translates to “Horse Bay”. The statues were installed in 2015 and pay homage to the rich history of Aruba’s horse trading industry. In the 17th Century Aruba was used by many countries (Europe, South America, Caribbean islands, and the Mediterranean) as a trading post. The most popular being cattle and horse trading. Horses were once the most important sources of livelihood for Aruba.
For 4 centuries the horse and cattle trade ran strong. At any given time Aruba was home to herds of thousands of horses that roamed the island. Aruba being the perfect trading post encouraged an extremely diverse culture and is the reason almost all Arubans speak more than 1 or 2 languages.
Each of the 8 bright royal blue horses is unique and carries its own name and personality. Pictured above is the mare Rosalina, but you can also find Saturnina, Escapia, Sinforosa, Eufrosina, Ambrosio, Bonifacia, and Celestina. The sculptures embody strength, nobility, grace, beauty and freedom. They represent the historical moment where the horses jumped from the ship decks into the Caribbean and swam to the Aruban Bay.
When you visit Aruba be sure to explore downtown Oranjestad and try to find all 8! This is a great family activity and helps teach guests the history of Aruba. From our resorts at Divi & Tamarijn Aruba All Inclusives, you may borrow a bicycle or rent a car and head into the city.
To learn more about the artist, click here.