Saturday, March 06, 2010

Larger than Life in El Paso!

Fray Garcia Statue, 125 Pioneer Plaza
The one and a half ton statue is 14 feet high, the tallest historic monument in Texas. For his accomplishments in the El Paso-Juárez area, Fray Garcia has come to be known as the founder of El Paso and was honored as the first of the Twelve Travelers, a project intended to portray the history of the Southwest. More information about the Fray Garcia statue is here.

Vaquero Statue, One Arts Festival Plaza (sitting just outside the El Paso Museum of Art)
As the first artwork greeting visitors to the El Paso Museum of Art, Luis Jimenez’s Vaquero is a fitting icon for the City of El Paso. Created in 1987-88, this fiberglass and steel armature with an acrylic urethane coating measures 199 x 114 x 67 in. More information about Luis Jimenez Vaquero Statue is here.

World’s Largest Equestrian Bronze Statue (outside the El Paso Airport)
The world's largest bronze equestrian statue was bolted into place on October 23, 2006 at the entrance to El Paso, Texas's international airport. It stands 36 feet tall on an eight-foot base, and is the second-tallest statue in Texas, overshadowed only by a titanic Sam Houston in Huntsville. The statue, first proposed in the mid-1990s, is of a horse-riding Spanish conquistador named Don Juan de Oñate.  More information about “The Equestrian” Bronze Statue is here.

Mt. Cristo Rey statue overlooking El Paso
Standing atop the Sierra de Cristo Rey (Formerly known as the Cerro de los Muleros, Mule Drivers Mountain) overlooks El Paso and Juarez, the 29 ft. tall limestone statue of Christ serves as a shrine to thousands of faithful in the El Paso and Southern New Mexico area.  More information about Mt Cristo Rey is here.

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