Venus dormida, Botero Plaza, Medellin

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.

If you’re curious about the square, check out this aptly-named post, “The World’s Coolest: 49 Photos From Medellin’s Botero Plaza” where you’re daily fix for Botero sculptures will be satiated. I Promise.

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.

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