Volcan's Amazing Tire Art

David Dell

By David Dell

Volcan, in Chiriqui province in the western part of Panama, was forrmerly known only for its huge vegetable production and it’s “Eternal Spring” Climate. Since the town started its highly successful Flower festival some three years ago, locals have joined in by putting flowers into all manner of recycled pots-mainly tires.

Volcan Tire Art

One thing you can be sure of here in the mountains of Panama, just plant it and it will grow- and it will grow and bloom all year round.

Volcan Tire Art pots

On the Cerro Punta road we have a wonderful Giraffe and a tire palm tree.

If you decide to retire in Volcan you can also join in the fun. Local garages will give you the tires most times for free. Then the creativity is entirely up to you.

I think this will give a whole new meaning to the term:


The local school children (no doubt with a little help from their teachers)

Made these delightful tire-style Micky and Minnie mouse.

Tire Micky and Minnie

Tire Art giraffe

This is a wonderful example of dedicated recycling. You can imagine the wife saying that “Dear aren’t we drinking a little much lately?” The husband’s reply would be something like this: “Yes dear but it’s all for the sake of the environment and in the name of art.”

Tire Art

Volcan can most probably claim to have more supermarkets per capita than any other small town in the world. Now, we can also claim to be the world’s leading outdoor gallery for TIRE ART.

Tire Art

The now annual, Parade of Flowers Festival, runs in early September. But the amazing tire art can be seen all year round.

The Pictures:

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