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Old July 24th, 2016, 05:48 AM   #1
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Epic Monuments in your City

Epic Monuments of Buenos Aires



All of the biggest immigrant communities who shaped Buenos Aires on the time of its birth as a big city impregnated their pride in epic monuments. Along with them, also the mausoleums of the most important figures of the History of Argentina. But paradoxically, one of the most curious cases is the Statue Liberty, made by the same sculptor of the Statue of Liberty of New York, F.A.Bartholdi, but in a very smaller size:











The main concentration of these epic monuments lies at the parks of Palermo, being the most relevant the Monument to the Spanish, donated by that community on the Centenary of 1910, with motifs of the Work and the Constitution as the pillars of the nation and crowned by the Republic:










Just one block away is the Monument to Justo José de Urquiza, erected in 1958 and also with motifs of the Constitution:








The third part of this triad at the Sarmiento Avenue is the Monument to Giuseppe Garibaldi, an italian who helped in the independence wars of South America and in the reunification of Italy itself:








Also in these parks, you may find the Monuments to Nicolás Avellaneda, a former president of the country, the Monument to Carlos María de Alvear at Recoleta and the Monument to Artigas, the leader of the nation who lies in front of Argentina: Uruguay.

















A bit far from Palermo , into the heart of the city, is one of the biggest monuments of Argentina: the Monument to the Two Congresses, representing the Assembly of the Year XIII and the Congress of Tucumán:











Other amazing examples of the beauty of the monuments in the city are Fuente de las Nereidas in Puerto Madero, representing the Nereids who attended to the birth of the Goddess Venus, and the Monument to the Cid Campeador in the exact geographical center of Buenos Aires, who shows the soul of big metropoli the city had since late 1800s:











Ending with the series, the huge Monument to San Martín and the Independence Army at the San Martín Square in Retiro, with sculptures of the Cruces de los Andes and the Taking of Montevideo:











With his infinite vision, in Barrio Parque lies the "Abuelo Inmortal" (translated: "The Immortal Grandfather"), representing San Martin, the Liberator of Argentina, in his last years in this world. With his eternal look, he shows us how incredible it feels to be part of Argentina, now and ever:






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Monumento al Cid Campeador - Buenos Aires





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The Monument dedicated to Kosovo heroes is a symbol of Kruševac and it was made by Serbian sculptor Đorđe Jovanović. It was unveiled on Vidovdan in 1904 in the presence of king Petar I Karađorđević. It personifies Serbia in composition of Boško Jugović and fairy on the top and figures of national poet – gusle player and a girl. The monument was inspired by Kosovo epic and it depicts eternal fight of Serbian people for national freedom.

The motives on the fence are made of casted iron and are stylistic presentation of Kosovo peonies. On the eastern and western side are presented Serbian soldiers while taking holy communion prior to Kosovo battle and death of Sultan Murat. On the northern side of the monument is a coat of arms of Nemanjić’s state and inscribed 1389 – the year of Kosovo battle. On the western side is a coat of arms of Emperor Dušan and inscribed year of monument unveiling. On the eastern side is the coat of arms of Prince Lazar and dedication "Serbian nation to Kosovo heroes ", with laurel wreath and palm tree at foot. On the southern side is a coat of arms of Serbian Kingdom from 1888 and inscribed year of Serbian declaration to kingdom - 1882.





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Floralis Genérica - Mechanical Flower




Floralis Genérica is a sculpture made of steel and aluminum located in Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Buenos Aires, a gift to the city by the Argentine architect Eduardo Catalano. Catalano once said that the flower "is a synthesis of all the flowers and is both a hope that is reborn every day to open." It was created in 2002. The sculpture was designed to move, closing its petals in the evening and opening them in the morning. The sculpture is located in the center of a park of four acres of wooded boundaries, surrounded by paths that get closer and provide different perspectives of the monument, and placed above a reflecting pool, which apart from fulfilling its aesthetic function, protects it. It represents a large flower made of stainless steel with aluminum skeleton and reinforced concrete, which looks at the sky, extending to its six petals. It weighs eighteen tons and is 23 meters high.




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National Flag Memorial - Rosario, Argentina





In order to commemorate the first time that the Argentine Flag was raised, an epic complex of monuments were built in the city of Rosario. Its architecture actually shares a lot of details with the architecture of Albert Speer (the architect of Adolf Hitler) and the buildings of Mussolini’s Italy. The complex consists in 4 areas: the Tower of the monument, the Civic Courtyard, the Triumphal Propylaeum and the bridge who connects it to the Cathedral and the Palace of the Lions.























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The monument to Anita Garibaldi, wife of Giuseppe Garibaldi: http://rerumromanarum.blogspot.it/20...garibaldi.html



The monument to the Carabiniere: http://rerumromanarum.blogspot.it/20...e-cavallo.html

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Rio de Janeiro: Christ the Redeemer & Cerro Corcovado



Though it remains a bit hidden, the religious architecture of the Western World exceeds the cathedrals and temples and it reaches another kind of architecture who is related to the sculpture: the epic statues of Christ of the cities who are placed on montainous lands, specially in the Americas. Among the collection of this kind of statues, the most important one is, without a doubt, the Christ The Reedemer statue of Rio de Janeiro, situated at the top of the Morro Corcovado. It was built in the first half of the 20th Century, thanks to the donations of the people of the city, who also decided to open his arms in the final design. The Christ statue is nowadays, probably, the biggest icon of Brazil. It also managed to get two records: the biggest Art Deco statue and one of the 7 New Wonders of the World. However, maybe its biggest achievement is to have become the living icon of the presence of Brazil in the History of the Humanity.














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Monument to the Battle of the Nations - Leipzig

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monume...of_the_Nations


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I would say that Rome is the nec plus ultra in terms of such ensembles of public sculpture, especially the Bernini monuments, but also the columns and the arches. Although as a sidenote Bernini's fountains are rather allegorical instead of epic but I suspect it's still ok for this thread.

Also, I recently saw a plaster cast version of The Burghers Of Calais, which was mindblowing. I haven't seen the bronze version in public space, but from online pics it doesn't seem anywhere near as powerful.
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NARVA TRIUMPHAL ARCH : ST. PETERSBURG ( 1834 )

'The Narva Triumphal Arch was erected as a memorial to the war of 1812. A wooden triumphal arch designed according to the plan of famous Italian classical architect Dzhakomo Quarenghi. Quarenghi also built the Concert Hall pavilion (1782-88), Alexander Palace in Pushkin (1792-1800) and the Smolny Institute (1806-08) in St. Petersburg. The Narva Triumphal Arch was specially constructed on the Narva highway to greet the soldiers who were returning from abroad after their victory over Napoleon. The arch was located approximately halfway between Ploshchad Stachek and Obvodny Canal. In the 1820s famous Russian architect Vasily Stasov took Quarenghi's dilapidated wooden arch construction and redeveloped it while at the same time preserving the essence of Quarenghi's original composition. A place was selected for Stasov's arch on the Peterhof road close to the bridge across the Tarakanovka River. The river has since been filled in. On August 26, 1827 celebrating the 15th year anniversary of the Battle of Borodino, ground was broken at the site of the new arch in the presence of officers, soldiers and veterans of the war of 1812.

However, construction on the new arch essentially began in the 1830's after a long debate about what material to use for the facade of the new arch. Stasov suggested building the arch from brick and using sheets of copper for the facade. His idea was innovative in Russian and Western European construction circles at the time. The copper facade sheets, ornament and sculpture details from copper and arch decorations were produced at a local factory. Construction was completed on the arch in the fall of 1833, but it was officially opened one year later on August 17, 1834. The single bay triumphal arch's composition is similar to the ancient Roman triumphal arches, which were normally built on a square near an entry to the city. Stasov drew heavily on the great historical nature of the arch - the victory over Napoleon in the war of 1812 - in his masterly use of decorations and sculpture for the arch.

The arch is topped off with an impressive triumphal chariot pulled by six ponies. The chariot and ponies are made of hammered copper according to the model of Russian sculptor Peter Klodt. The statue of victory laurel wreath, which is held in the extended hand of a graceful and powerful female figure standing on the chariot, was molded according to the model of Russian sculptor Stepan Pimenov. The impressive and ornate models of wings of allegorical figures installed over the columns were done by Russian sculptors M. Krilov and N. Tokarev. The two statues of ancient Russian warriors were made from hammered copper according to the model of Pimenov and V. Demut-Malinovskiy. I. Leppe created the models of the winged female figures in the arch, which personify glory. Plans to build a museum in memory of the victory over Napoleon in the war of 1812 in the chamber above the arch have yet to be realized. During WWII the arch suffered serious damage, but was carefully restored to its present condition in 1951.' - Saint-petersburg.com


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Нарвские триумфальные ворота by Fedor Dzis, on Flickr


Narva Triumphal Arch by Andrius Venclova, on Flickr
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