The fact that a mineral, as it is the case of glass stone Roman mine speculum in Los Higuerales Arboleas, star in an exhibition is very unusual. This role is usually reserved, in most cases artists, events, cultures, characters; among other things, but not for mineral. "It is a great satisfaction that our glass stone quarry Roman speculum trip to Madrid to be exhibited in the National Archaeological Museum. This is a sample of Miguel Angel Blanco 'Lapis Specularis. Underground light ", explains the Mayor of Arboleas, Cristóbal García.
However, These pieces have not been the only lucky ones who have had the great privilege of traveling, since more medium pieces have sent -in the same package- Roma bound, in order to occupy a space in the Templente of Bramante in Rome Gianicolo Crypt (where he was crucified San Pedro). The mayor expressed his satisfaction about affirming that: "Summarizing say that we are very proud that our heritage is reaching such high regard and representation in the most important museums in Spain. The presence in the Temple is the icing great satisfaction ". And he adds that: "We are very grateful to Miguel Angel Blanco and Juan Carlos Guisado for their collaboration".
The artist, with the collaboration of the Consistory of Arboleas, ornamenta the room a block from the Roman mine placing it as a channel of communication with the gods Minerva, Apolo, Livia, Esculapio, inter alia. Mineral fragments have been distributed among the absentees feet of emperors remembering, thereby, its potential use to beautify. Miguel Angel Blanco aims, ultimately, explore and poetry plastic qualities of this mineral surprising reincarnating, thereby, Ancient History.
The exhibition mingles the espejuelo (crystallized gypsum) with Roman collections center. Miguel Angel Blanco shows, thus, in the National Archaeological Museum in Madrid, rock 'Lapis Hispanic specularis’ in deposits coming from the mine Arboleas. And the occasion merits and the National Museum wanted to combine pieces of temporary shows with residents (permanent exhibition). "This government team is working hard, by numerous roads, for commissioning tourist value of the Roman Mine speculum. We are very fortunate that this natural wonder is part of our history, Culture and heritage", Mayor highlights.
Limaria Mine is a site of 'lapis specularis’ from Roman times. A magical place full of a past full of history and now, en la actualidad, It is being transformed into an attractive and interesting tourist attraction. "One of the challenges we have set ourselves is to energize both the economy and employment in our town and throughout the Almanzora. In recent months, We have carried out work to clear debris, for the purpose of unearthing the mine ", says mayor. With these words explained that "before the importance of this site was unknown until it makes approximately 30 recovery years raised ".
Recently noted that the mine is registered as a Cultural Interest in the General Catalog of the Andalusian Historical Heritage. Sadim Engineering Company has been commissioned to undertake the work, As a specialist in museum and tourist exploitation of the mining heritage. This is a project that takes advantage, clearly, the growing interest of citizens for a type of tourism that goes beyond entertainment and shows an interpretation of history by adding a more didactic and informative legacy optical ancestors left in Arboleas.