Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, El Alto, Bolivia.

Ernesto 'Che' Guevara, El Alto, Bolivia.

This 7 meter statue of El Che is situated in the Bolivian city of El Alto, approximately 12 kilometres from better-known La Paz. Sculptor Felix Duran created this powerful political image solely with scrap metal, principally automobile parts. People in Bolivia are incredibly proud of the Argentinian, partly because of the tourism which the site of his death in Santa Cruz provides, but largely because his legacy represents resistance and power against the U.S.A. Duran’s sculpture has Che standing on an eagle, representative of America, conveying a forceful message of contemporary sentiment in South America.

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  1. […] In El Alto,on the way into town from the airport is an impressive monument to Che Guevara. As he was assassinated in Bolivia, Guevara is an “issue” here, both loved and hated, resulting in shame and anger. The sculptor is Félix Durán, and the 7-metre high piece is made of scrap metal. Che carries a rifle in his right hand, a dove in his left, and stands on an eagle! https://laurencecoulton.wordpress.com/2013/07/22/ernesto-che-guevara-el-alto-bolivia/ […]

  2. […] Opened in 2004 the trail passes by a Giant Bust of Che at La Higuera installed in 1997. An even larger statue of Che constructed from scrap metal dominates a square in El Alto near Bolivia’s capital city, La […]

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