There is no love without a park. Place of promises, declarations and cuddling. If any park knows these matters well, it is the one that the artist Víctor Delfín shaped in 1993, during the management in Miraflores of the remembered Alberto Andrade. Since then, the Parque del Amor has been a symbol and a magnet for couples who come from all over and find the ideal setting in front of the sea, and in the company of these two lovers who kiss forever, the ideal setting to live their idyll.
Love Park is the park to enjoy with its impressive view and a unique gastronomy in the Miraflores district. The Love Park is surrounded by a picturesque scene worthy of a romantic movie, where the afternoon falls for couples in love to exalt their self-esteem.
The Peruvian artist Víctor Delfín would have been right when he created the Monument to Love, a kissing couple, which is located in the central part of the park. Inspired by the same with his partner, which became a sculpture where kissing under his shadow will lengthen your relationship.
Love Park was inaugurated on February 14, 1993. It is located on the Malecón Cisneros, next to the Villena bridge, in Miraflores. It is the work of the Peruvian artist Víctor Delfín, who designed the park and the sculpture "El beso" commissioned by the mayor of Miraflores Alberto Andrade. At the opening there was live music and the park looked full of people.
"The Kiss" went from being a small sculpture cast in bronze measuring 70 by 30 centimeters, to a colossal replica of cement, clay and red pigment measuring 8.02 meters wide by 7.31 meters high. Víctor Delfín was inspired by the couples he saw on the Costa Verde, he drew them and then modeled them in clay. Finally, the work that he liked the most was sent to be cast in bronze to be placed in his office. One day his friend Juan Gibson came to his house accompanied by Alberto Andrade. The then mayor of Miraflores was struck by the piece and asked Delfín if he could do one just like it, but bigger. "For love, if you give me a mountain, I'll put the sculpture there the size you want," the artist replied. A few days later, together with a delegation from the municipality, the mayor and the artist went to find the place to put the sculpture.
Delfín and Andrade walked along the cliffs and thus reached an area where there was a sculpture by the artist César Campos, which in Delfín's words looked abandoned and in the middle of garbage. At that moment, they discovered a couple who, seeing the entourage, got scared and tried to escape. "Don't leave, here we are going to make a place for you to be respected, so that no one messes with you," the artist told them to the surprise of the mayor. They had found the place.
The design of the park is inspired by the Park Güell in Barcelona, famous work of the Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí. The environment is decorated with verses by Peruvian poets, including Pablo Guevara, Martín Adán, César Moro, and Emilio Adolfo Westphalen; but names of historical couples are also read. As an anecdote, Víctor Delfín recounts that the young people who helped to put the majolicas did their business with the couples that passed by and asked them to put their names "in exchange for a single" as part of the decoration.
The indefatigable artist from Piura is currently 92 years old. Absolute creator, the pandemic has encouraged him to write and this year he is preparing to publish a story. Other works by the artist that can be seen in Lima are: "El toro negro", on the sixth block of Avenida Javier Prado Oeste, in Magdalena del Mar; and the mural of the headquarters of the Association for Human Rights (APRODEH), in Jesús María.
In 2017, National Geographic included Love Park in its list of the 50 most romantic destinations in the world. The publication highlighted among its attractions the possibility of appreciating the sunset with a privileged view of the Pacific Ocean, as well as its emblematic sculpture. In addition, he recommended visiting him on February 14 to be part of the longest kiss contest, something that this year will be impossible to do.
On one side of the Love Park, towards the Parque Madre Teresa del Sagrado Corazón, you will find the restaurant area. The main dish of this area is Crepes and delicious coffees.
In the area you can find dulce de leche, salty, delicacies or fudge crepes. Also hot and cold drinks. Of course, you also have availability for breakfast and lunch.
If you can't find something you like in the area, you can walk along the Malecón Cisneros and you will find small shops that offer crafts, gastronomy, art, culture and fun. It is a family area, so it is not common to find bars or nightclubs.
The Love Park address is: Avenida Malecón Cisneros, Miraflores 15074. It is recommended to use the Malecón Cisneros de Miraflores, crossing the Villena Rey bridge. Other alternatives is to arrive by Calle Roma, Malecón Balta or Avenida Grau. Due to its nature as a public park, it is open 24 hours a day. However, the commercial sector mostly closes after 10:00 p.m. so it is recommended to arrive at sunset and leave before this time.
Finally, Love Park in Miraflores will offer you the ideal space to live up to its name or simply enjoy a solitary afternoon to meditate, dine or play sports.
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