Monumento al Taxista / Monument to the Taxi Driver - Puerto Madero (Buenos Aires)
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S 34° 36.261 W 058° 21.682
21H E 375173 N 6169989
Quick Description: Depicted unique occupational monument, devoted to Buenos Aires taxi drivers, decorates small park in luxury residential and business district of Argentinian capital - Puerto Madero.
Location: Argentina
Date Posted: 1/13/2016 7:03:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMQ93P
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Mark1962
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Long Description:

Depicted unique occupational monument, devoted to Buenos Aires taxi drivers, decorates small park in luxury residential and business district of Argentinian capital - Puerto Madero.

Almost 39 000 "yellow roofs" run the Argentinian capital every day and provide a important public transportation service. The official taxi service itself has existed in Buenos Aires from 1902. For a long time, taxis that circulate the city could be painted in any color, while in 1967 a rule stating that everyone should have the body painted black on the bottom half and yellow on the top was introduced. Today, yellow and black taxi cars are one of the main symbols of Buenos Aires.

Monument to taxi drivers was donated by the Union of taxi laborers to the city of Buenos Aires as recognition to the thousands of men and women who daily serve the city of Buenos Aires and memory to those pioneers who first began back in 1902 driving the first taxis in Buenos Aires. The sculpture is located in the Buenos Aires most famous modern neighborhood Puerto Madero, in the square of the Avenue of the Italians and Macacha Guemes. It was inaugurated in 2012 and it shows a bald mustache driver leaning on top of a classical car model of Siam Di Tella – an old Argentinian manufacturing company. The union chose this car model because it was the car model that marked the local taxis (taxi porteño).

The sculpture was created by the artist Fernando Pugliese using polymer that simulates bronze.

Sector of the workforce: Taxi driver

Created or Donated by which group: Fernando Pugliese / Union of taxi laborers

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