New addition to Latin American Plaza sculpture walk

Released 20/11/2012

ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher and Her Excellency Mrs Beatriz Lopez Gargallo, Ambassador of Mexico, this evening unveiled a sculpture donated to Canberra by Mission Foods, with the support of the Mexican Government. 

Installed at the Childers Street end of Latin American Plaza, the sculpture entitled Chalchiuhtlicue (the Goddess of Water), marks the start of sculpture walk, linking the Australian National University to the heart of Civic.

"It was my pleasure to assist with the unveiling of this new sculpture, which continues the successful collaboration between the ten Latin American countries that maintain diplomatic missions in Canberra and the ACT Government," the Chief Minister said.  

Last year Chile donated Fenix 2, a symbol of the cooperation between Australia and Chile during the 2010 Chilean mine rescue.  Cuba recently commissioned a sculptor to visit Canberra to fabricate and install a Cuban sculpture.

The Plaza, at the corner of Rudd and Marcus Clarke Streets in Civic, was officially opened by former Chief Minister Mr Jon Stanhope and the ten Latin American countries in February 2010.

"The creativity and generosity being shown by the participating countries is building a very special place in Civic and I have no doubt that Canberrans appreciate these fantastic additions to our cities character," the Chief Minister concluded.

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