Friday, October 30, 2015

How Lord Byron Went to Ecuador

Erecting monuments to honor famous people is often motivated to beautify the urban setting, to express concretely certain civic aspirations, and to provide an edifying model for citizens to emulate. Thus, kings, statesmen, soldiers, and civic benefactors are subjects so honored.

Guayaquil, Ecuador desired to honor the Ecuadorian leader and poet, José Olmedo. After all, he was mayor of Guayaquil twice and was President of Ecuador in 1845. He was also an accomplished poet; having written many patriotic poems.

The only trouble was, having a statue of Olmedo would cost more than the community could afford.

So they thought, "No way, José! What the heck! We'll get a pre-owned one of somebody or other we can afford. Anyway, who remembers what he looked like!"

And so, a statue of George Gordon, Lord Byron was placed in Guayaquil by these thrifty citizens and duly labeled José Olmedo.



Byron subbing for Olmedo


José Olmedo





 

9 comments:

Anemone said...

That's pragmatism at its finest!

Mike said...

I sure wouldn't know the difference.

Linda Kay said...

If you hadn't exposed them, who would have known? Have a great weekend.

TexWisGirl said...

hey, they say everyone has a 'twin' somewhere.

Cloudia said...

What a delightful tit bit, Angel!

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Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer said...

We could sell off that statue of General Sherman!
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John Hill said...

Very interesting, Angel!

allenwoodhaven said...

Great! Love the new trivia fact.

Bilbo said...

If the GOP hears about this, we'll soon see every statue of a liberal figure being replaced with a statue of Ronald Reagan!