Statues - Hither & Thither

United States of America
Pueblo
Colorado

W B Street
(Union Station)

La Diana Cazadora

Diana the Huntress

Juan Olaguibel & Ricardo Ponzanelli
1942/2003

Pueblo /  La Diana Cazadora   Pueblo /  La Diana Cazadora

Description

Bronze sculpture depicting a naked woman posing as an archer.

Signature

J. Olaquibel / 1975 ??

Information Sign

diana the huntress
replica by ricardo ponzanelli
the original is the work of juan
olaguibel
and is displayed in mexico city.
other replicas are located in the
cities of
chihuahua, guadaljara and
acapulco.
this piece of art, admired by the
people of mexico
and its visitors, is presented as a
gift to the
sister city of pueblo, colorado by
patricio martinez garcia
bonifacio martinez del val
ricardo ponzanelli
enrique cano garcia
pueblo, colorado. may 4th, 2003

Annotation

M.P. Prabhakaran wrote about the statue in Mexico City:
Pointing to the statue of a naked woman posing as an archer, in the middle of a floral-shaped fountain at the intersection of the two roads, she said, “This is the Fountain of Diana the Huntress, another important landmark in the city. Though it is now called la Diana Cazadora or Diana the Huntress, the original name given to it by its sculptor was la Flechadora del Norte or the Northern Arrow Thrower." [an other source says: Flechadora de la Estrella del Norte or Archer of the North Star, PvdK]

The sculptor, Juan Olaguibel, had meant his work to be a monument not merely to Diana, the Roman Goddess of Hunting, but to the beauty of female body as well. So he presented Diana in the nude. His model, it is said, was a 16-year-old part-time secretary who worked for Mexico's state-owned petroleum company. The story goes that she posed naked for the sculptor every day of the April-September 1942 period that took him to complete the statue. The young lady's only compensation was the joy “of seeing her body immortalized on one of the most beautiful avenues in the city.”

But soon after the statue's inauguration, on October 10, 1942, Diana's nudity drew protests from Mexico's prudes. The forms of protest included covering the nudity with underwear made of cotton. Cotton underwear on a bronze statue? Sculptor Olaguibel had a better idea. He replaced it with one made of bronze. But hoping to take it off sometime in the future, when the Mexican society was expected to become less prudish, he welded the underwear at three corners only tentatively.

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Location (N 38°15'47" - W 104°37'1")

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