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Colossal statue of Columbus by Russian sculptor going up in Puerto Rico

August 17, 2015, 15:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The "Birth of a New World" monument is 126 meters tall, while the figure of Columbus himself is 25 meters tall, Russian sculptor Tsereteli’s official website says

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Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

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MOSCOW, August 17. /TASS/. The president of the Russian Academy of Arts and one of best-known Russian sculptors Zurab Tsereteli is in Puerto Rico, where one of the tallest momuments of the world he designed in memory of Christopher Columbus is going up in Arecibo, a municipality on the northern coast of Puerto Rico, academy’s press service told Tass.

The "Birth of a New World" monument is 126 meters tall, while the figure of Columbus himself is 25 meters tall, Tsereteli’s official website says. "Under the sculptor’s design, the monument was to be built that tall so that the ships sailing from Europe to America would see it well," it said.

The new sculpture continues Tsereteli’s concept "How Europe has found America" devoted to Christopher Columbus’s voyage. In 1989, to mark his 500th birthday, Spaniards and Americans decided to build monuments in their two countries, and a tender was announced. Tsereteli was the winner with his project consisting of two parts.

The first monument, "Birth of a New Man", was erected in the Spanish city of Seville in 1994. Symbolically, both places are linked by the start and the final point of the voyage.

Tsereteli, a graduate from Tbilisi Academy of Sciences in Georgia, began actively working in art in architecture at the end of the 1960s, designing in particular the concept of a sculpture ensemble for the Black Sea resort town of Pitsunda in Abkhazia and designing a fountain complex and sculptures on Moscow’s central Manezhnaya Square.

Besides, his sculptures can be found in Brazil, Great Britain, Spain, the United States, France, Japan and Lithuania. His most ambitious projects in Moscow are Peter the Great statue and "Friendship Forever", a monument built to mark the 200th anniversary of Georgia’s joining Russia.

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