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What does the Paseo Colón e Independencia monument mean?

“When you don't have the courage to live as you think, you end up thinking how you live.”

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Surely you ever passed by the Faculty of Engineering at UBA and wondered what was the great monument across the street. Today we want to tell you what the beautiful message he tells us.Most of our monuments represent heroes, “heroes”, personalities who, for some reason, were important in our history. But there is one in the City of Buenos Aires that does not represent a human being but an idea: we are talking about  Canto al Trabajo , Rogelio Yrurtia's work located in Avenida Paseo Colón and Independencia, in the neighborhood of San Telmo. The work consists of 14 immense human bronze figures. Some of them drag a huge stone, with a lot of effort and sacrifice; the others, instead, look forward, towards the future, convey great strength and the idea of progress. Those in the back live the work as a condemnation; those from the front, as a liberation.Victoria Ocampo once wrote: “When you don't have the courage to live as you think, you end up thinking how you live.” The work can be something terrible or something wonderful, and that important message is located in the middle of the City, with a monument the size it deserves, speaking to locals and tourists in the unique language that only a great work of art can convey.

Publication Date: 11/11/2018

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