November 2012, Volume 16, Number 5

Cultural Spotlight

A Towering Reflection

Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya with his sculpture The Tower of Snow
Artist Enrique Martínez Celaya sits beside his sculpture, which recently was installed adjacent to MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower.

While snow remains the furthest thing from one’s mind in sunny South Florida this time of year, The Tower of Snow, a large-scale bronze sculpture by noted Cuban-American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, captivated visitors who attended its recent dedication ceremony.

Permanently installed adjacent to MDC’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, the sculpture honors the 50th anniversary of Operation Pedro Pan, an exodus in which thousands of Cuban children were sent to the United States without their parents, in hopes of a better future.

Depicting a boy carrying on his back an enormous load in the shape of a house – the inexorable memory of home – the sculpture drives home a multitude of sentiments tied to the heart-wrenching experience of Pedro Pan children forced to flee the only homes they knew.

“For years, feelings of displacement and foreignness had seemed specific to my experience,” said Martínez Celaya. “Then I began to read about Operation Pedro Pan and I found my story in many of their accounts. This recognition brought along a new sense of belonging to a group larger than myself, a group whose longing did not fit in any one heart.”

See Pages 24-26 for a complete roundup of art events happening all around MDC.

— MR

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