Fernando Botero Sculptures in Medellin

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Fernando Botero Sculptures in Medellin

After Pablo Escobar, Medellin, Colombia’s most famous son is Fernando Botero. He is perhaps South America’s most beloved artist. You might recognize his art as those characterized by the use of distorted proportions, or more simply, his people and animals look a little fat. I’ve been bumping into Botero’s work around Europe over the years but was first introduced to him via a 1993 exhibit in the Palace of the Popes in Avignon, France.

Medellin is loaded with the art of Botero and others. Over 90 sculptures worth an estimated $120 million USD have been donated by the artist. A 1983 city ordinance requires that anything built over 2,000 square meters must incorporate a work of art. Medellin, now known as the City of Eternal Spring, may be known as the City of Eternal Public Art in the near future.

This is Pajaro de Paz, or the Bird of Peace. Ironically, it was blown up in 1995 by a guerilla, killing 12 people. Instead of removing it, Botero left it there and created an identical Bird of Peace to place right beside it.

In Plaza de las Esculturas, also known as Plaza Botero you can find 23 of his sculptures, out in the open. Here are some examples:





Man on a Horse

Rapto de Europa

Roman Soldier

Check out the Museo de Antioquia in Medellin for more of Botero’s works.

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Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno
Stephen Bugno has been traveling the world and writing about it for the better part of 20 years. His articles and essays have appeared in The San Francisco Chronicle, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Seattle Times, and Transitions Abroad magazine. He blogs at Bohemian Traveler and edits the independent travel magazine GoMadNomad.com. He most recently set up a tour company offering authentic, small group tours at Unquote Travel. Follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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  1. Ana Gabrielita says:

    Wow! These sculptures are amazing!

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