José Martí - Cancun, Mexico
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
N 21° 09.381 W 086° 49.406
16Q E 518331 N 2339461
Quick Description: The monument to the Cuban writer José Martí is located in Fonatur park at the junction of Av. Cobá and Av. Náder in Cancun, Mexico.
Location: Quintana Roo, Mexico
Date Posted: 3/29/2018 8:43:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMY0Y5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 24

Long Description:
The monument to José Martí "Los Plátanos" was built in 1978 by the Cuban sculptor José Delarra in honor of José Martí.

The intention of the Cuban sculptor was to poetically represent a flower. The monument is locally known as "Los Plátanos" because of its similarity to a peeled banana.

On the structure of the monument you can see relief portraits of José Marti as well as excerpts from his poetry such as "Yo vengo de todas partes y hacia todas partes voy" (English: "I come from everywhere and everywhere I go").

The night lighting gives a very nice touch to this site.

José Julián Martí Pérez (January 28, 1853 – May 19, 1895) was a Cuban national hero and important figure in Latin American literature. During his life, he was a poet, essayist, journalist, revolutionary philosopher, translator, professor, publisher, Freemason, political theorist, and supporter of Henry George's economic reforms. Through his writings and political activity, he became a symbol for Cuba's bid for independence against Spain in the 19th century, and is referred to as the "Apostle of Cuban Independence." He also wrote about the threat of Spanish and US expansionism into Cuba.

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