October 20, 2021

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Mexico City transforms the statue of Christopher Columbus into a statue of a tribal woman

The sculpture was removed in October 2020 for renovation. It will be relocated to another district of the Mexican capital.

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This is a very symbolic result. Mexican authorities confirmed on Monday, September 6 that the statue of Italian navigator and explorer Christopher Columbus will be replaced by a statue of a tribal woman. In its place will be placed a sculpture “Olmec Girl” Mexico City Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum said it was created by Mexican artist Pedro Reyes. “The heaviest and least recognized indigenous women in the history of Mexico.”, She justified.

As for the statue of Christopher Columbus, it will be “Moved to a safer, more dignified and adequate place”, According to a press release issued by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). In October 2020, the Authorities have already withdrawn it to keep the job “Supported by staff who specialize in security and restoration”. But instead of putting the statue back in the same place, it will be sent to another district of the capital to avoid it “Risks of this Important Art and Historical Value”.

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