Padre Eusebio Kino Sculpture - Tijuana, Mexico
Posted by: Metro2
N 32° 32.110 W 117° 01.052
11S E 498353 N 3599757
Quick Description: Tourists in Tijuana usually come to party, buy cheap trinkets, gamble, and have good reasonably priced meals... but the City also has many colossal statues, like this one, in its dozens of traffic circles.
Location: Baja California, Mexico
Date Posted: 3/6/2012 7:42:17 PM
Waymark Code: WMDXHH
This huge apparently bronze sculpture depicts Eusebio Kino standing in his Jesuit robes. He holds his left arm out as he points a finger into the distance. With his right hand he holds a large object which this viewer can not identify. It touches the ground...but doesn't really appear to be a farm implement. Unfortunately, online research did not reveal much information such as the materials, date or what that thing is in his right hand. However, we do learn the sculptor is Federico Canesi.
The work is mentioned in several tourist websites (visit link
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Wikipedia (visit link
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"Eusebio Francisco Kino S.J. (August 1645 – 15 March 1711) was a Jesuit priest from a town in what is now northern Italy. For the last 24 years of his life he worked in the region then known as the Pimaria Alta in modern day Sonora Mexico and southern Arizona. He explored the region worked with the indigenous Native American population, including primarily the Sobaipuri and other Upper Piman groups. He proved that Baja California is not an island by leading an overland expedition there. By the time of his death he had established 24 missions and visitas (country chapels or visiting stations)."
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