His life could well be the plot of a film. An exciting life of a Macaelero, who left for Argentina when he had barely come of age, and fifty years later returned to his village as an established sculptor.
Eduardo Cruz Rubio has lived in many places, Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata or Los Angeles, “but his heart has always been in Macael”. This is how his wife Rosalía explains how many years have passed by the side of this good man who always dreamed of returning, and today he gives his neighbours his largest work in size and perhaps his last work.
At the age of 91, Eduardo has designed ‘Sueños de un cantero’ (Dreams of a stonemason). This is the name of the new staircase in Calle Mario Palma which was inaugurated on Sunday 14th November.
The municipal corporation, with its mayor, Raúl Martínez, acknowledged that he had no words of thanks. “This is the most important thing he is going to leave Macael. A public legacy so that everyone, every time we pass by, we remember what a great person he is and the generosity he has shown us,” said the mayor.
Emilio Cruz, councillor for works, the company ‘Grabados en Mármol’, workers from the Town Hall and the sculptor’s own son, Eduardo, have made it possible for this project to go ahead.
“This mosaic is the circle in my father’s life. It reflects what a stonemason feels when he thinks of his home; a stonemason who painted in 1963, the woman in the 80’s and the little elf when he returned to Macael; they are three pieces of his life and we are very proud that this remains in the town” said the artist’s son through the mouth of his father who listened attentively clutching his wife.
The applause of his neighbours, their affection and recognition, in an act that ended with the unveiling of a plaque that will preside over the street and where a work by the famous Eduardo Cruz Rubio will remain forever.