Monday, November 3, 2014

The Liberator: Simon Bolivar In Silhouette

Last year I showed a statue of Simon Bolivar that stands downtown. You can find that post here. This is a profile shot of the South American leader's statue. His presence in Ottawa still perplexes me, but at least he's dressed for the weather.


37 comments:

  1. Oh yeah, gotta be a story there!

    Nice visual sculpture you created.


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  2. Guess he was an American, somebody loves him.

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  3. Sorry never heard of the Guy so he means nothing

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  4. The famous and good personages deserve a statue anywhere.

    Tomás.

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  5. I don't know much about him, but wasn't he a democrat/independence leader, founder of Bolivia and a fairly good egg? I'm probably wrong...

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  6. Yep, he's got a monument in D.C. as well. Seems like his message as a "liberator" resonates in many places around the world.

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  7. There must be a link with Canada somehow I think.

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  8. This is beautiful silhouette photo! I didn't know about him but he must have accomplished something important to have his statue built. Ah yes, he is dressed very nicely for the cold weather :-)

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  9. As Revrunner says there is one of him in DC as well.

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  10. I'm glad he's dressed for he cold.

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  11. @Cloudia: his name is all over the map, including places he never saw.

    @Peter: given the sort of things he did, spreading his reputation might have been the order of the day.

    @Bill: I first heard of him in a history class.

    @Tomas: it just seems peculiar to have him up in a place he never visited!

    @Mike: yes, he liberated a number of South American countries.

    @Revrunner: I know there are a number of places in the States that bear his statue or name.

    @Marianne: Venezuela, as it turns out, gave the statue to the country.

    @Tamago: I wonder how Simon would have dealt with a real Canadian winter.

    @Jackie: that certainly did not surprise me.

    @Sharon: and it can get pretty cold!

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  12. A great liberator as he was deserves this kind of impressive statues, I think. But to be honest, I don't know if there is one in the Netherlands.
    Whatever ... I like this statue, but I prefer the photo you made of it last year.

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  13. He does get around doesn't he? I must say though, that was a pretty nice gift to the city.

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  14. I have seen monuments dedicated to him in Paris and London: he seems to be quite popular around the world...

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  15. There has to be a story there!

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  16. There are squares dedicated to Simon Bolivar basically in every single city or town in Venezuela and Colombia. He liberated Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador an Peru and founded Bolivia. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sim%C3%B3n_Bol%C3%ADvar

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  17. @Tex: it's a nice sculptor's touch.

    @Jan: it doesn't surprise me that there'd be some statues in Europe, although not in some places!

    @Judy: perplexing though its presence is, the statue seems to suit its location.

    @VP: he's quite a figure of history.

    @RedPat: there's another South American figure with a bust in a park here, but that's one I have not photographed.

    @Luis: I did look him up again before posting last night. He accomplished quite a great deal.

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  18. You're a hoot! "dressed for the weather!"
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  19. ((Grin)) Glad he doesn't have to dread winter.

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  20. Yes, his presence is rather perplexing. He needs to be dressed for the weather; he's a long way from home!

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  21. Ha ha..... a statue, dressed for the weather.

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  22. He is dressed appropriately for our very cold Canadian weather!

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  23. Nice perspective to view the statue.

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  24. I never heard of him, I'll have to look him up. Glad he's dressed for the weather, any and all kinds. :)

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  25. Thanks for the smile. I gather the French President is in Canada?

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  26. Even South Americans love Canada! :)

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  27. @Jennifer: it does get mighty cold in these parts!

    @Kay: being made of bronze helps.

    @Cheryl: I find myself wondering how many people have stared up at him and wondered what a statue of him is doing in such a northerly climate.

    @Haddock: I don't think President Bolivar would have wanted to pose in a swimsuit, even if they had swimsuits in his day.

    @Linda: very much so!

    @Marleen: It's a little different than going with head on.

    @Bill: I guess it depends on if South American history enters the education curriculum, but he did get a country named after him, in the form of Bolivia, so that's a great legacy for a guy to have.

    @Ciel: yes, he had meetings in Banff out west with the PM.

    @Halcyon: sure, but they'd object to the winter!

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  28. Oh come on. Surely you know about the famous Liberation of Ottawa!

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  29. I wonder, is his attire is 'authentic' or the sculptors interpretation of what he would have worn had he visited Ottawa? Perhaps he is there as a nod to the ideals of independence.

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  30. @Beth: I took a look for his height: he was in life five foot six, which was an average height for a man of his time.

    @Lois: the pedestal certainly helps!

    @Randy: thanks!

    @Jack: that might have been pulled off by a certain cranky Mountie who resides in my writer's blog and doesn't like entertainment reporters!

    @Anita: from the shot I took last year, elements of the uniform look authentic, but the cape might be the sculptor's creativity.

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  31. Yeah. At least he is dressed for the weather. Good fashion statement.

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  32. I understand you being perplexed by the presence of his statue. I was also perplexed that my neighborhood park (in a suburban town in California) was named Simon Bolivar Park.

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  33. Makes me want to find out more about Simon Bolivar!

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