Monumento a la Vida


This spectacular 14m-high, 975-tonne, concrete-and-bronze sculpture by Rodrigo Arenas Betancur symbolizes the circle of life. Look out for the corn husk covering the womb of one of the women, representing the beliefs of the region's original indigenous inhabitants.

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