The Sea Wall
Acrylic on canvas – 34" x 34"

El Malecon, the boulevard along the ocean in Havana, was conceived soon after Cuba was conquered by the U.S. It was completed in the 1920s and wraps around the city from the historical areas through the newer sections of the city and into Miramar.

We visited Havana while Hurricane Ida was finding its way along the U.S. coastline. The skies were mostly cloudy throughout our stay, and during a walk along the boulevard from Old Havana, waves continued to crash violently against the sea wall and into the street.

Much of the ocean front property along El Malecon, from the Old City to the newer sections, is abandoned and in ruin. The beautiful and decorative facades are crumbling from the salt sea sprays and the general decay of the infrastructure. The boulevard and its sidewalks are broken, and scaffoldings are used mainly to shore up buildings rather than for the purpose of renewal. Between ruins, you may find a small church, museum, or restaurant housed in a tent.

George H. Rothacker - Havana '59 - Sea Wall

Painting: Price on request
Print: $65 +tax and shipping

Many Cubans fish at the Malecon to catch their daily dinner for the night, and in quieter moments, young people play games between the rocks and attempt to climb the sea wall.