Maritime Christmas

Street lighting on Fuerteventura

Menis Arquitectos

Christmas decor from strandgut

Spanish architect Fernando Menis designed a series of marine-inspired installations, in which objects and materials abandoned by children and tourists in the hotels of the coastal towns of La Oliva are recycled in a process that involves the town’s inhabitants.
La Oliva is located on the island of Fuerteventura, and it strives to produce new attractors for tourists, an industry its economy largely depends on.

Light chains from squid

Menis sought to create an energy efficient Christmas lighting scheme that also adapted the local fishing culture.
The idea was to raise awareness of the perils of sea pollution while also implementing a design capable of providing greater visibility to La Oliva as a tourist destination during the Christmas season

Marine contrast

Menis recycled floats, surfboards, beach toys, etc. and transformed them into giant octopi, jellyfish or palm trees, giving the Christmas decor of the town a more marine motion contrast with the usual reindeer and snowy fir trees.
To achieve this LED lights, small solar panels on nearby boats, simple DIY materials and conventional paint were used.

More to come

Menis proposed a series of installations: the “Giant Squid“, “Hibiscus Flowers“, “Palm Trees“, “Little Boats“ and “Jellyfish Garlands“. In the first edition of this fascinating project in 2017, Giant Squid and Jellyfish Garlands have been realized. More to come. Hopefully.


A squid can be seen “live” at Aedes in Berlin, within our exhibition titled “Backstage”, until January 17, 2019. More information.



Menis Arquitectos
Puerta Canseco 35, 2B
38003, SC Tenerife


City of La Oliva


Patricia Campora
City of La Oliva
Menis Arquitectos


Menis Arquitectos

Aerial view

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December 2017


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