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Artists, technicians and workers are working to place today a huge sculpture of Cuban deceased Revolution Commander Juan Almeida in the facade of Heredia theater, in this city.

Juan Almeida Bosque was a very beloved and close leader for the people of Santiago de Cuba, who died in 2009. A guerrilla fighter and political leader who left a trail of affection and of economic, social and cultural works in which he showed his sensitivity of artist and his human quality.

In statements to the press, the sculptor Enrique Avila, creator of the work, highlighted the sculpture´s coherence with the values of the surroundings, near to where rises the impressive figure of another titan, the General Lieutenant of the Cuban independence Army, Antonio Maceo.

Avila, the author of the pieces consecrated to Ernesto Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos at the Jose Marti Revolution Square, in Havana, required that the technology used for the illumination to be thrifty and of a homogenous projection.

With some 32 metres of height and a little more than 19 metres of width, the sculpture weighs around 16 tons and from the beginning of its placing, hardly months ago, has called the attention of locals and visitors by its dimensions and majesty.

The homage to the legendary commander inserts in the celebrations by the 60 years of the assault to the Moncada barrack on July 26, 1953 under the orders of Fidel Castro and besides other revolutionary youngsters.

In the Mausoleum of the Third Oriental Front Mario Muñoz, founded by him in the first days of March 1958 and where his mortal remains rest, finalises today the first event of historical reflection devoted to his memory.

Source: Prensa Latina

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