Proasur

Mapping of “Los Molinos Tiscamanita” Interpretation Centre (Fuerteventura)

Continue reading

Client: "Los Molinos Tiscamanita" Interpretation Centre

Services: Scenography, Technical Development, Production , Logistics and Installation

Category: Brand Experiencies

Coinciding with the prosperous cultivation of tomatoes, wheat and barley, at the end of the 18th and beginning of the 19th century, windmills arrived on Fuerteventura. The trade winds drove their blades in the north and centre of the island, where they formed part of the rural landscape, until the economic changes of the last century left them unused.

Tiscamanita Windmills

Numerous windmills and mills (many of them restored) are scattered throughout the island’s geography, as they were very important constructions for the economy and development of the area.
In order to vindicate the historical and ethnographic value of this work, the Cabildo of the Canary Islands promoted the recovery of these elements, silent witnesses of the island’s history. One of the proposals was the creation of the Los Molinos Interpretation Centre in Tiscamanita, a small farming village in the south of Fuerteventura.

Tiscamanita Windmills Interpretation Centre

El Molinos Interpretation Centre is an ethnographic and historical highlighting of the mills of Fuerteventura and its milling culture.

The museum is located in a traditional Majorero house that has been restored, and next to which there is a restored windmill that offers the opportunity to see inside and learn about the way a mill works.

The centre consists of several rooms:

  • A picturesque courtyard that gives access to the building.
  • The kitchen of the house where you can see the first mortars that were used by Majoreros and how hand mills were used.
  • In another room you can learn about the tahona system and the difference between mills and mills thanks to a video-mapping projection.
  • On the upper floor, the secrets of gofio are revealed and the windmill can be seen from the heights.

At the start of the tour you can hear the sound of a manual mill made of stone, clay and lime in which the corn is crushed, an aroma that will whet the appetite of visitors.

Grain

The museum helps to appreciate the importance of grain among the Majoreros since prehistoric times and to highlight the value of gofio as a nutritional base, a foodstuff that alleviated hunger on the island for centuries.

Here you will discover the process of making gofio: what cereals were used, how they were toasted in the so-called “toasters” and, finally, how they were ground in the “tahonas” or windmills.

In this way, those unfamiliar with this work will be able to discover the miller’s trade, a job that has practically disappeared today.

Grinding and milling systems “molino and molina”

During the tour, the visitor will learn, through explanatory panels, about the different milling systems, their typology, history and operation.

The model, which is located in the museum, will help visitors to learn the differences between a mill and a mill and to learn, for example, that:

  • The traditional windmill is known in Fuerteventura as “Molino” (the “male windmill”) and is made of stone, clay and lime. It has a circular floor plan and is crowned with a wooden cap that turns by means of a rudder, powered by the movement of the blades thanks to the wind.
  • The “female windmill” (“Molina”), was designed by Isidro Ortega in the 19th century and consists of three parts: the tower, the machinery and the building. The first is responsible for supporting the mechanism over a rectangular masonry room, where the miller carried out his work without having to go up and down floors with the sacks of grain.

During the walk through the house, the visitor will also learn what a tahona was, how they were pulled by beasts or by groups of people and how this was a social event.

Our work in Tiscamanita windmills

In the video-mapping room, these giants are presented in movement through a spectacular projection, in which the scenery is combined with sacks representing the cereal, which are also used as projection elements. All this is accompanied by special effects and surround sound.

Proasur took care of the conceptualisation and design of the original script, as well as its production and assembly.

Proasur took care of the conceptualisation and design of the original script, as well as its production and assembly.

WE CAN HELP YOU ON YOUR PROJECT

    I have read and accept the Privacy Policy Legal Details

    This site is protected By reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of service apply.

    MORE CLIENTS

    Have also been very satisfied