More than two years after his death, on March 11, 2019, the tombstone of the Gran Canaria sculptor is complete with 'Jano', the sculpture that crowns the monument and that refers to the god of doors, beginnings and ends, and that the artist created thinking of his resting place.
The sculpture, made in dark patinated bronze and on a stone pedestal from Arucas, belongs to the series 'Chronicles of the 20th Century', marked by the use of metal, the reference to man, precise lines and which is one of the most representative and expression of his maturity as an artist.
Under the epitaph "Here rests the great fabler blacksmith, forger of symbols" lie the ashes of Martín Chirino next to the grave of his friend Alfredo Kraus, as he expressed it was his wish.
In an intimate act, this funerary monument was inaugurated this Friday together with friends and family, as well as members of the Martín Chirino Art and Thought Foundation.
The artist's daughter, Marta Chirino, has declared her satisfaction because "not being able to bury a relative is always something that remains pending" and, furthermore, because her father's "illusion" of being "in this place of the cemetery and in this way".
Now his father "can rest as he wanted," he said.
Marta Chirino participated in the event with the reading of the text 'The fence and the plow' which, as she has expressed, was a creation from when she was young and that "in some way he predicts in some things how his artistic career will be".
The family has chosen these letters because they represent "that return to the origin" and one of the few texts that he wrote throughout his life, in turn "very significant in its creative and also psychological aspects".
The director of the Martín Chirino Foundation, Jesús Castaño, explained that this monument The artist left it designed a few months before he died and the sculpture was forged in Romania, in one of the last workshops with which he collaborated in his career.
With the complete monument, the artist "returns to the place from where he started, in a habitual reference that used to Ulysses and his return to Ithaca", so this act "closes that spiral of his creation, in that last trip that is reflection and silence "and that ends" when he returns to the land where he was born and from which he was its universal ambassador. "
It was their wish to "lie in the Vegueta cemetery" and occupy an area where they rest "illustrious figures and people who adored him ", has expressed.
The event was attended by several political representatives such as the Mayor of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Augusto Hidalgo, in addition to the municipal spokesperson of the PP, Pepa Luzardo, the Councilor for Cemeteries, Luis Zamorano, as well as the Gran Canaria Councilor for Culture, Guacimara Medina, and the chronicler of Las Palmas, Juan José Laforet, among others.