shakira honored with a statue in her hometown in colombia

A (tall) statue of the Colombian singer was unveiled this week along the waterfront in Barranquilla, the city where she grew up.

The Colombian coastal city of Barranquilla this week revealed a 21-foot-tall tribute to one of the country’s most famous cultural exports: Shakira.

“A heart that composes, hips that don’t lie, an unmatched talent, a voice that moves the masses and bare feet that march for the good of children and humanity,” reads the plaque below the statue.

“I am honored and moved by this incredible recognition in my Barranquilla, the city where I was born,” Shakira said in a statement. “Every barranquillero and barranquillera are my brothers and sisters and the inspiration of my life since my childhood.”

The statue’s sculptor, Yino Márquez, said he was delighted by the way the sculpture had been received by the public and by Shakira and her family after it was unveiled on Tuesday. The singer’s mother, he said, told him that God would bless his hands for being such a good sculptor.

“Shakira herself called me and told me that I captured her essence very well in the sculpture. That her son saw the sculpture and said that it is the most beautiful sculpture he has ever seen,” Mr. Márquez said.

The 52-year old artist said he had been working on sculptures since he was 16. He has made large statues for other Colombian cities and is an academic coordinator at Barranquilla’s public art academy.

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