Wanderings Of A Canadian Loon Through The National Capital And Beyond
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.
Oh yeah, gotta be a story there!ReplyDelete
Nice visual sculpture you created.
ALOHA from Honolulu
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Guess he was an American, somebody loves him.ReplyDelete
Sorry never heard of the Guy so he means nothingReplyDelete
The famous and good personages deserve a statue anywhere.ReplyDelete
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...ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
There must be a link with Canada somehow I think.ReplyDelete
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 :-)ReplyDelete
As Revrunner says there is one of him in DC as well.ReplyDelete
I'm glad he's dressed for he cold.ReplyDelete
@Cloudia: his name is all over the map, including places he never saw.ReplyDelete
@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!
a good cloak for a statue. :)ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Whatever ... I like this statue, but I prefer the photo you made of it last year.
He does get around doesn't he? I must say though, that was a pretty nice gift to the city.ReplyDelete
I have seen monuments dedicated to him in Paris and London: he seems to be quite popular around the world...ReplyDelete
There has to be a story there!ReplyDelete
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%ADvarReplyDelete
@Tex: it's a nice sculptor's touch.ReplyDelete
@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.
You're a hoot! "dressed for the weather!"ReplyDelete
(ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!
((Grin)) Glad he doesn't have to dread winter.ReplyDelete
Yes, his presence is rather perplexing. He needs to be dressed for the weather; he's a long way from home!ReplyDelete
Ha ha..... a statue, dressed for the weather.ReplyDelete
He is dressed appropriately for our very cold Canadian weather!ReplyDelete
Nice perspective to view the statue.ReplyDelete
I never heard of him, I'll have to look him up. Glad he's dressed for the weather, any and all kinds. :)ReplyDelete
Thanks for the smile. I gather the French President is in Canada?ReplyDelete
Even South Americans love Canada! :)ReplyDelete
@Jennifer: it does get mighty cold in these parts!ReplyDelete
@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!
he looks so tall - enjoy your angle. ( :ReplyDelete
An imposing figure.ReplyDelete
Oh come on. Surely you know about the famous Liberation of Ottawa!ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
@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.ReplyDelete
@Lois: the pedestal certainly helps!
@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.
Yeah. At least he is dressed for the weather. Good fashion statement.ReplyDelete
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.ReplyDelete
Makes me want to find out more about Simon Bolivar!ReplyDelete
Daniel O'Connor an early Ottawa settler was 1 of the many Irish who attempted to join BolivarReplyDelete
@Shelly: and well dressed!ReplyDelete
@Pat: yes, his name is indeed all over.
@EG: he was quite a man!
@Russ: now that I didn't know.