• Short Summary

    A STATUE OF URUGUAY'S NATIONAL HERO OF INDEPENDENCE, GENERAL JOSE ARTIGAS, HAS BECOME THE CENTERPIECE OF A MOVE TO DRAW TOURISTS AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL COASTAL RESORTS TO THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY.

  • Description

    A STATUE OF URUGUAY'S NATIONAL HERO OF INDEPENDENCE, GENERAL JOSE ARTIGAS, HAS BECOME THE CENTERPIECE OF A MOVE TO DRAW TOURISTS AWAY FROM TRADITIONAL COASTAL RESORTS TO THE INTERIOR OF THE COUNTRY.

    STANDING 13 METRES (40 FEET) AND MADE UP OF 122 BLOCKS OF REINFORCED CONCRETE WEIGHING 150,000 KILOS (330,700 POUNDS) - THE STATUE IS THE WORK OF STELIO BELLONI. IT TOOK BELLON 11 YEARS TO COMPLETE, FROM THE INITIAL DRAWINGS TO THE FINAL ASSEMBLY OF THE HUGE "JIGSAW PUZZLE" ATOP A 260-METRE (920-FOOT) HILL.

    THE STATUE, WHICH IS VISIBLE FROM 20 KILOMETRES (12 1/2 MILES) WAS INAUGURATED RECENTLY WITH AN IMPRESSIVE NIGHT-TIME CEREMONY - AND IS ALREADY CRAWING HUNDREDS OF VISITORS A DAY TO THE TOWN OF MINAS, IN THE NORTH-EAST OF MONTEVIDEO.

    URUGUAY, WHOSE ECONOMY DEPENDS HEAVILY ON TOURISM FROM NEIGHBOURING BRAZIL AND ARGENTINA, HAS RECENTLY BEEN SUFFERING FROM A DECLINE IN THIS VALUABLE SOURCE OF REVENUE - AND THE VARIOUS DEPARTMENTS HAVE BEEN DRAWING UP PLANS TO EXPAND THE VISITORS AREAS OF INTEREST AWAY FROM THE BEACHES. THIS STATUE IS JUST ONE OF THE MANY PROJECTS DEVELOPED BY THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE DEPARTMENT OF LAVALLEUA TO LAUNCH THEIR TOURIST SEASON.

    IN ADDITION TO ITS TOURISTIC VALUE THE ARTIGAS IS ARTISTICALLY INTERESTING AS IT IS UNDOUBTEDLY THE LARGEST STATUE IN SOUTH AMERICA, AND THE TALLEST EQUESTRIAN STATUE IN THE WORLD.

    SYNOPSIS: THE UNVEILING CEREMONY, NEAR THE TOWN OF MINAS - NORTH-EAST OF MONTEVIDEO - WAS MORE THAN AN ARTISTIC OR HISTORICAL EVENT. IT WAS ALSO THE LAUNCHING OF A LOCAL PLAN TO GIVE TOURISTS THE CHOICE OF VISITING THE COUNTRY'S INTERIOR, IN ADDITION TO ITS TRADITIONAL BEACH RESORTS. AMONG THE DETACHMENTS FROM THE ARMED FORCES, VISITORS WATCHED THE RIDERS OF THE REGIMENT WHICH STILL WEARS THE UNIFORM - CREATED BY GENERAL ARTIGA HIMSELF - OF THE "GAUCHO" SOLDIERS WHO HELPED HIM GAIN URUGUAY'S INDEPENDENCE.

    AFTER ITS UNVEILING, THE FULL IMPACT OF THE STATUE DOMINANCE BECAME EVIDENT ON THE HILL - WHICH ITSELF RISES NINE-HUNDRED-AND-EIGHTY FEET FROM THE PLAINS OF MINAS.

    ALREADY THE GAMBLE HAS PAID OFF - AS HUNDREDS OF DAY-TRIPPERS FLOCK TO VISIT THIS NEW CENTERPIECE FOR URUGUAY'S TOURISM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAB4HS2ZNZRLJLWTLCA0G9J9BG5
    Media URN:
    VLVAB4HS2ZNZRLJLWTLCA0G9J9BG5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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