FMHOY - Fuerteventura
The Ayuntamiento lit up in December its sustainable Christmas lights that respect the marine and land environment, committed to reducing the impact of tourism activity on ecology. The rubber rings and floating noodles that tourists left behind in hotels were transformed into about twenty giant and fluorescent octopuses that are displayed in the old town and commercial areas of Corralejo. Plastic bottles were also collected from schools and by the local population that were transformed into shiny multicoloured jellyfish. All those are lit up with LED lights in order to reduce the energy consumption as much as possible.
The prestigious Menis Architecture study managed by the Canarian architect Fernando Menis got this innovative idea and developed it for the Ayuntamiento of La Oliva, which implied the participation of the local population for the elaboration of part of the decorations and the tourism sector for the collection of the beach material left behind in the hotels.
The twenty giant calamari and the jellyfish decorations have been installed in the old part of Corralejo, in the street called La Iglesia where restaurants are located, in the alleys of Muelle Chico and in the commercial pedestrian streets of Lepanto and Nuestra Señora del Carmen.
Corralejo's Christmas decorations created a lot of excitement even before they were up. The design was published in international architecture or ecology magazines and one of the most important entities for the public-private collaboration worldwide, the World Economic Forum, made a video about this design as an example of sustainability that has already been viewed 300.000 times. Furthermore, the German ZDF television channel was in Fuerteventura to film the installation and will soon air the documentary.