Greetingman

If you have followed our adventure for the past few months you will already know how the Uruguayans are into their statues and monuments.  This is way cooler than anything we had seen before.

Greetingman stand 6 meters high unveiled back in 2012.  Its main artist is Yoo Young-ho (South Korean sculptor) and there are a series of these statues, this being the first – the second in South Korea and the third in Panama City, Panama.  The statue depicts a man bowing in a typical Asian greeting.  The color blue means lack of prejudice.

The statue overlooks the water in this Buceo neighborhood.  I am bowing in return to show my respect.He is some huge dude.

Parks, Monuments, Statues and Sculptures – Oh My!

Uruguay loves its statues, sculptures and almost any style of artwork. You can see the European influence in the buildings and its flair in the bronze busts found inside buildings and churches. Every corner you turn, almost every intersection you come to has a bust, or a huge statue, men on horseback seem to be everywhere, cherubs, dragons, warriors dressed in battle gear, beautiful women. If you love this art style, Montevideo is packed with it.

The most well-known of these statues is located in Independence Square and it sits above the mausoleum of General Jose Artigas.  Yes, the General is buried under this statue, and you can go in to take a look.

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The statue of Confucius in Rodo Park sits watching over the water on the rambla. The surrounding were just so peaceful I had to include it here.

montevideo-2-1-1a montevideo-2-1-1As you can see Uruguayans love their parks almost as much as they love their statues.  All we have seen have plenty of benches, shade trees, walking trails but don’t be afraid walking on the grass is not a problem here.montevideo-1-31-8I cannot tell you where the above statue is located except it is in or near Cuidad Vieja, just in one of the small parks we passed.

montevideo-2-7-33montevideo-2-7-32montevideo-2-7-31montevideo-2-7-30The four pictures above are all located in the plaza outside the World Trade Center.

montevideo-2-7-26This mighty man is located in a small park on Rivera, in Pocito.

montevideo-2-7-23montevideo-2-7-20The above two are also located in the plaza outside of the World Trade Center.

montevideo-2-12-36Another park, another statue.

montevideo-2-9-12 montevideo-2-9-11 montevideo-2-9-10This masterpiece Monumento La Carreta is located in Parque Batlle and it symbolizes the immigrants that came to this county and settled it.

montevideo-2-9-16 montevideo-2-9-15This very tall obelisk called Obelisco a los Constituyentes is located in the middle of an intersection near Av 18 de Junio and Artigas, just another example of how much art, statues and sculptures are appreciated in Uruguay.

montevideo-2-9-20aEvery day is another adventure in this beautiful city.  I love how much time and effort the government gives to the green areas, its parks, playgrounds and just how clean the city is kept. There is a great statue at the beachside entrance to Buceo or Malvin up past us we are itching to go see called greetingman. A Korean artist places these in different parts of the world and it looks so friendly and welcoming, just beckoning you in.  More on that when we can walk there and take some pics!

montevideo-2-23-6montevideo-2-23-7I guess you can see that Montevideo has great love for art and parks and playgrounds.  The rambla (we would call it a boardwalk if you have been to Jersey) runs for miles in the coastal cities.  It is a wide walkway right on the water.  Walkers, runners, bikers and folks just strolling along have a beautiful view of the water, great breezes and many benches to stop for a little break.