At 16 metres tall, this is the highest statue in the whole country, and is a creation of sculptor Alberto Lescay, a native of the city. It covers an area of 53,000 square meters. The monumental group also includes 23 machetes that raise up, upright, this section was created by santiaguera plastic artit Guarionex Ferrer. It represents the Protesta de Baraguá on March 23, 1878, when General Antonio Maceo refused to make a pact with Spain and proclaimed that the struggle for Cuba's independence would continue.
Today, Santiagueros are particularly happy, Cuban trovador Sivio Rodríguez, an international legend, has joined the celebrations and is offering a concert for the 20th Anniversary of the public square. Thousands have gathered at the plaza to witness yet another historical event.
|Trovador Silvio Rodríguez|