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A little prince in Argentina

Concordia was the lucky city to welcome Antoine Saint-Exupery, writer of “The Little Prince”, back in the 30s.

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Concordia was the lucky city to welcome Antoine Saint-Exupery, writer of “The Little Prince”, back in the 30s. He accidentally landed on an adventurous trip through our country, and used to stay in houses of strangers, to thoroughly explore their destinations and “heal” himself with the essence of the place. He stayed in the castle of a hospitable family, and tells the story, where the statue in question is, was inspired to write his maximum work; with the parallelism that he himself is the aviator of the story and The Little Prince, the family that hosted him. We choose to trust that this story is real because it fills our soul with poetry.

The monument is a hybrid between “the monument corresponds to the place or not” referring to whether the events happened where it is implanted. The point is that we don't know where the French writer was inspired, but it is a good excuse to celebrate such a work of literature, and to be a tourist icon of Concordia.

Years ago the original castle was burned and fortunately, it was restored. It is a place worth visiting: he received a national award for best intervention of heritage and another for conservation and value, from the Central Society of Architects. Beyond these awards, for readers of this work and faithful applicators of its teachings it is impresindible to go to this place at some point in life. For those who aren't, it's impressable to read it. Visiting the place provides as diverse sensations as interpretations, about the novel.

 “ He was nothing but a fox like a hundred thousand others. But I made him my friend and now he's unique in the world.”  Maybe we can apply this to the places on which we intercede and customize. Plague them with our essence, may they be unrepeatable and irrebuildable, that they are not one more, unique in their kind, representative of their region, and commemorate their controller. That's what monuments are all about.

Publication Date: 03/06/2018

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