Monday, 03 September 2018 21:29

Sculpture of José Martí, His Teacher Shines at Cuban School

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Sculpture of José Martí, His Teacher Shines at Cuban School Photo: PL

The sculpture "The Teacher and his pupil" by Cuban artist José Villa Soberón shines at the entrance of the Rafael María de Mendive Primary School in Havana, opened today after the start of the school year 2018-2019.


Havana, Cuba.- When crossing the threshold of the school where the Cuban National Hero studied, we can see this creation that shows Mendive with his beard and a suit next to a teenage Martí dressed in a jacket, and attentive to a book shown by his mentor.

This is the image with which the plastic artist Villa Soberón has imagined the relationship between the independence leader and his friend, adviser and guide, who discovered and helped to polish up the great talent of the young man.

The piece is located in the inner courtyard of the center, and the light passes through four stained glass windows with blue, red and orange colors, gift of the artist Ernesto Rancaño.

In the 19th century, Martí's distinguished educator founded the San Pablo College for boys, located in the heart of Havana, where Cubans honor the hero and his educator, while awaiting the 500th anniversary of this city.

With this inauguration, not only the people of Havana pay tribute to these leading personalities of the Cuban liberation process, but a part of the nation's history is also being recovered.

The renovation of this building and the subsequent Villa Soberón's sculptural project was one of the old desires of the historian of Havana, Eusebio Leal, added the specialist in charge of the reconstruction of the school. (PL)

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