Statues - Hither & Thither

Brazil
Belo Horizonte
Minas Gerais

Parque Municipal Américo René Giannetti
(Praça Fundadores)

Monumento aos Fundadores e Construtores de Belo Horizonte

Monument to the Founders and Builders of Belo Horizonte

Augusto de Lima, Afonso Pena, Chrispim Jacques Bias Fortes, and Aarão Reis
Hildegardo Leão Veloso
1963

Belo Horizonte /  Monumento aos Fundadores e Construtores de Belo Horizonte   Belo Horizonte /  Monumento aos Fundadores e Construtores de Belo Horizonte

Description

Concrete monument with four large bronze heads of the four men involved in the foundation of Belo Horizonte: governor Augusto de Lima, who proposed the change of the capital from Ouro Preto to Belo Horizonte; Afonso Pena, who officialized the construction of the new capital; Chrispim Jacques Bias Fortes, governor who inaugurated it; and Aarão Reis, the engineer of the city.

Belo Horizonte - Monumento aos Fundadores de Belo Horizonte

Augusto de lima
Idealizou

Antônio Augusto de Lima
Congonhas de Sabará [now Nova Lima] 1859 - Rio de Janeiro 1934
Brazilian journalist, poet, musician, magistrate, jurist, professor and politician; governor of Minas Gerais, March-June 1891
(Wikipedia).

Belo Horizonte - Monumento aos Fundadores de Belo Horizonte

Afonso Pena
Oficializou

(sign no longer present)

Afonso Augusto Moreira Pena
Santa Bárbara 1847 - Rio de Janeiro 1909
Brazilian lawyer and statesman; governor of Minas Gerais, 1892-94, president of Brazil 1906-09 (Wikipedia).

Belo Horizonte - Monumento aos Fundadores de Belo Horizonte

Bias Fortes
Instalou

Chrispim Jacques Bias Fortes
Oliveira Fortes 1847 - Barbacena 1917
Brazilian statesman, governor of Minas Gerais, 1890-91 and 1894-98 (Wikipedia).

Belo Horizonte - Monumento aos Fundadores de Belo Horizonte

Aarão Reis
??

(sign no longer present)

Aarão Leal de Carvalho Reis
1853 - 1926
Brazilian engineer and town planner (Wikipedia).

Inscription(s)

idealizado e mandado fazer pelo prefeito
AMINTAS DE BARROS
em nome do povo de belo horizonte, como
homenagem aos criadores desta cidade.
janeiro de 1963

Idealized and ordered by the mayor
AMINTAS DE BARROS
in the name of the people of Belo Horizonte, as
tribute to the creators of this city
January 1963

Signature

(all heads) H. Leão Velloso / A.L. Signed: aio 1962 (the 3rd has B.F. instead of A.F.)

Sculptor

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Location (S 19°55'30" - W 43°55'57")

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