“Giant Christopher Columbus statue unveiled in Puerto Rico – video”
“Giant Christopher Columbus statue unveiled in Puerto Rico”
” ‘The Birth of the New World’… acknowledges America’s support for democracy in Russia and celebrates a future of growing interdependence among the nations of the world…”
Todos los escultores y artistas que he leído tanto aquí como en los estados del norte insisten en que esta estatua de Cristóbal Colon es un pedazo gigante de excremento humeante y maloliente…. buscalo en Google.
“A COLOSSAL STATUE OF EXPLORER CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HAS FINALLY FOUND A HOME IN PUERTO RICO AFTER A TWO DECADE QUEST AND A STRING OF REJECTIONS BECAUSE IT WAS DEEMED TOO UGLY.”
“…THE BRONZE CREATION, DESIGNED TO COMMEMORATE THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF COLUMBUS’S DISCOVERY OF THE NEW WORLD IN 1492, WAS SHUNNED BY CITIES ACROSS AMERICA BEFORE FINALLY BEING ACCEPTED BY PUERTO RICO.”
“IN COLUMBUS, OHIO, IT WAS REJECTED AFTER EARNING THE MONIKER “CHRIS KONG”. THE PEOPLE OF BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, SIMILARLY TURNED IT DOWN, BUT NOT BEFORE IT WAS DUBBED: “FROM RUSSIA WITH UGH”.”
“STANDING AT TWICE THE HEIGHT OF THE STATUE OF LIBERTY WITHOUT ITS BASE, THE GIANT WAS ALSO OFFERED TO NEW YORK, AND THE FLORIDA CITIES OF FORT LAUDERDALE AND MIAMI BUT ALL THREE DECLINED TO HAVE IT DARKEN THEIR SKYLINES.”
In 1997, the year construction on the site got underway, he (DONALD TRUMP) floated the idea of putting an enormous bronze statue of Christopher Columbus—”six feet taller than the Statue of Liberty,” the Guardian reported—by Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli on “his” turf.
“It’s got forty million dollars’ worth of bronze in it, and Zurab would like it to be at my West Side Yards development,” he told Singer at the time. “The mayor of Moscow has written a letter to Rudy Giuliani stating that they would like to make a gift of this great work.”
This latest plan didn’t work, either, and that’s probably for the best. Tsereteli had already erected another giant statue that year, building a huge monument to Peter the Great in Moscow that was so hideous that people reportedly tried to blow it up. The Columbus statue, which Tsereteli eventually built, was also notoriously ugly. The Baltimore Sun nicknamed it “From Russia With Ugh” when some local businessman tried to plant the statue there. But Baltimore, along with New York, Columbus, Ohio, and Miami, all rejected it. It wasn’t until this month, after almost 20 years of homelessness, that the statue found a taker in Puerto Rico.
“(Zurab) Tsereteli, 76, one of Russia’s best-known sculptors, has produced a long list of artistic creations reviled the world over. When his 300ft tall statue of Peter the Great was unveiled on the banks of the Moscow river, protesters thought it so ugly they placed explosives at its base, only abandoning plans to blow it up for fear of killing passersby.” (It was nicknamed “THE MOSCOW MONSTER”)
“Leave it to Puerto Rico to say yes. Because you know, this is Puerto Rico we are talking about, where down is up and up is down. Can it be any more fitting that one of the world’s oldest colonies has decided to celebrate history’s most notorious colonizer and murderer of indigenous peoples? Only in Puerto Rico.”