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Quito residents alienated from urban sculptures.


Quito residents alienated from urban sculptures.

El Comercio 

February 13, 2016 / Erika Guarachi

Brightly colored graffiti’s disfigure the statue.  Cracks are living proof of the monument’s abandon.  And worst of all, the pedestrian’s indifference, the quiteño does not know, and does not want to know the purpose of the statue.

Quito has not recovered the great rhythm of producing public art it had between 1992 and 1998, when 122 sculptures and 51 murals were placed throughout the District.  With a total of 380 sculptures distributed within the capital city, 100 are in a state of repair according to the “Unidad de Espacio Publico”.

The last production was showcased in January, on the La Carolina boulevard, made of up 13 sculptures.

Though the municipality announced further deliveries [of public art] this year, urbanist Hernan Orbea considers there is a crisis regarding the production of monuments a symptom of which is the manner residents take ownership of these pieces.  The word “Monument” is derived from the Latin “monumentum” and evokes its memory.

“Society should feel identified with the monumental, though it seems more likely that presently citizens are more attracted to celebrating commonplace occurrences, because it feels more real, closer and more attainable,” expressed Orbea when referring to the damaged monuments.

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