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The 8 monuments you have to know about Buenos Aires

Some are part of the collective imaginary of Buenos Aires. Discover the most peculiar sculptures of the Argentine capital.

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Monument to the Buenos Aires taxi

Avenue of Italians and Macacha Guemes, Puerto Madero.

A life-size driver with a rectangular wallet typical of his craft stands standing on a car. This is a Siam Di Tella 1500, Argentine model spread in the 1960s and commonly used as a taxi. Opened in 2012, the author is the plastic artist Fernando Pugliese, who also plays as a musician, lawyer and historian.

Memorial homage to the national ball

Lavalle and Talcahuano, San Nicolas.

A couple of dancers (Norma Fontenla and José Neglia) remember the nine members of the Ballet Estable of  Teatro Colón  who died in a plane crash on October 10, 1971. That is precisely why the work, made by sculptor Carlos de la Cárcova, is located a few meters from the Argentine grand theatre. By the way, did you visit the Columbus yet?

Statue of the male torso

Libertador Avenue 2000, Palermo.

There through Thays Park it's hard not to see this peculiar male torso without a head. But, specifically, what is it? Completely made of bronze with a masonry base and inaugurated in 1994, it is a work by Colombian Fernando Botero, who usually highlights the expression of the volumes. And he's done it.

Monument of “The Thinker”

Av. de Mayo and Luis Saenz Peña, Monserrat.

A replica of Auguste Rodin's famous sculpture arrived in Buenos Aires in 1907. It was cast in bronze from the original mold and has the signature of the French artist. During the centenary of the revolution it was exhibited in front of the National Congress and is currently a few meters from there. Who was in charge of the management? Eduardo Schiaffino, the first director of the National Museum of Fine Arts.

Monument “Song to Work”

Av. Paseo Colon and Av. Independencia, San Telmo.

On the Eva Perón square there is a rectangular base with 14 figures. They are children, women and men who drag an immense stone as a symbol of work. It expresses allegorically its meaning of liberation and effort. A shocking but noticeably clear message.

Monument to “la coima”

Av. 9 July 1925, Monserrat.

On 9 de Julio Avenue, right on the corner of the former building of the Ministry of Public Works (at the height of the second floor),  a sculpture depicts bribery . The protagonist keeps in one hand a treasure, with the other he expects to give him even more and with his eyes looks to the side. The context, always enlightening: it was inaugurated in 1933 to denounce the corruption of the time.

Monument to Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Av. Sarmiento and Avenida del Libertador, Palermo.

Buenos Aires is one of the few cities that has a sculpture of the famous story among its streets. What is the reason? Nobody knows. The truth is that it was made by the French sculptor Jean Carlus and was bought by the Municipality in 1937.

Monument to Don Quixote de la Mancha

Avenida de Mayo and avenue 9 de Julio, Monserrat

In 1980, the Spanish government gave Buenos Aires a tribute to the ingenious hidalgo. Located in the center, around it there are cars and not windmills. It is mounted on his horse, Rocinante, and the pedestal represents the plain of La Mancha.

source: GCBA

Publication Date: 27/04/2019

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By: Sandra 03 May, 2019

Excelente nota, vivo en Bs As y no sabia de algunos monumentos muy bueno Gracias

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By: Redacción 03 May, 2019

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Gracias Sandra!

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