Pic du Jour: Venus dormida, Botero Plaza, Medellin
Today’s daily travel pic is of Venus Dormida, a 1994 sculpture by Fernando Botero which has pride of place in the sculptor’s eponymous Botero Plaza in the old quarter of Medellin, Colombia’s city center, a square I quickly decided would be among my favorite public gathering places in the world.
The plaza is home to 23 sculptures by the city’s favorite modern-day son which he donated in 2002 to the Museo de Antioquia, a world class art museum that dominates the square’s west side.
That by default makes the square the city’s only only open air museum, where seemingly everyone feels at home. A true “People’s Park”, young mothers, drunks, beggars, cigarette and lime juice vendors freely intermingle with musicians, tourists, artists and bankers.
To give you a fuller effect, a few more angles and close-ups of Botero’s sensual Venus Dormida –not to be confused with Italian Renaissance painter Giorgione’s 1510 painting of the same name — are below.
And for the record: today’s Pic du Jour, the site’s 796th straight, was taken in Medellin, Colombia, on 03 June 2013.