Giant cat statue arrives in Colombia

March 5th, 2012 - 2:06 pm ICT by IANS  

Bogota, March 5 (IANS/EFE) Painter and sculptor Fernando Botero’s giant “El Gato” (The Cat) statue, which is made of bronze and weighs 1,050 kg, has arrived at the port of Cartagena and will be transported to the northwestern Colombian city of Medellin, the artist’s birthplace.

“El Gato” arrived Saturday in the South American country from Italy and will occupy a space at the San Cristobal Library Park in Medellin, where Botero was born in 1932.

The gigantic feline, which is 3.9 meters long and 1.5 meters tall, was made in the Italian city of Pietra Santa, where Botero lives for several months each year.

Medellin Mayor Anibal Gaviria plans to welcome the big cat to the San Cristobal Library Park at a ceremony April 2 that is to be attended by Botero.

Botero, considered Colombia’s most famous artist, is known for paintings and sculptures that exaggerate the shape and volume of human figures, animals and objects.

Medellin, which has been home to the artist’s most important sculptures and paintings for some time, is getting a plump cat with a thick tail.

–IANS/EFE
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