Colossal Statue in Puerto Rico Could Find New Home

By: AP
By: AP

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- A proposal to erect a colossal
statue of Christopher Columbus on an uninhabited island near Puerto
Rico has revived a debate about the fate of a bronze work that has
been shunned by many and loved by few.

A Puerto Rican legislator submitted a proposal earlier this week
to set up the statue on the island of Desecheo. In response, the
artist's spokeswoman said permits were nearly completed for
assembling the statue on the north coast of Puerto Rico as
originally planned.

San Juan Mayor Jorge Santini said Saturday he would consider
setting up the statue in the island's capital.

He proposed placing it atop an old landfill, near a popular
lagoon or close to a bridge near the international airport.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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