Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Thoughts from Madame Gumbeaux

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Metro Mall Parque in Tegucigalpa, Honduras (Sundays In My City)

A dusty slope used by pedestrians and thieves alike was recently converted into a park. A statue of a street sweeper was added, too. Recently someone snatched her broom, leaving her hands frozen in a perpetual empty clutch. 

My friend, K, and I stopped along a busy stretch of highway so I could venture into the park to take her picture. K calls her Santa Domestica, literally Saint Domestic. I think she's a rather pitiful  saint without her broom. Honduras is in such a desperate economic state, someone stole her metal broom, probably to sell for scrap. Pity. 


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20 comments:

Jim Barlas said...

That artwork is amazing.

Judy said...

She still looks amazing!

Kathy Brown said...

I love it too - and finally I can see the craftsmanship up close. :)

unknownmami said...

There is a Gandhi statue here that always gets its glasses stolen.

Star Traci said...

Oh my goodness! They stole her broom -- I don't whether to laugh or cry. I think I'm just groaning. It's such a neat statue otherwise.
:-)
Traci

Dorothy in Oz said...

Metal and rust and Oooohhhh, I love it!

Steve Cotton said...

Poor santa domestica. Without her broom, she looks as if she is suffering from a terrible case of gastritis.

Laurie Matherne said...

I never noticed how well she was crafted until I stopped to take her picture.

Laurie Matherne said...

Judy, for a street sweeper she does look good.

Laurie Matherne said...

Yes, well, you know it's not the safest place to walk and observe things. The camera magnified the art nicely.

Laurie Matherne said...

Poor Gandhi. Of course, his peaceful ways would encourage such things. He would never take revenge on the thieves who take his spectacles.

Laurie Matherne said...

Star Traci, she's a treasure, even though she's unemployed at present.

Laurie Matherne said...

She's kinda cool, huh? I have been rushing pass her for a few years now on the expressway. I am glad i took the time to stop and take a picture.

Laurie Matherne said...

Steve, perhaps she needs a spoonful of Pepto Bismol from the nearby farmacia. In this country, that gastritis may take a nasty turn.

Laurie Matherne said...

I agree. A street sweeper must have her broom.

Anita said...

She does need a new broom, or at least a stick to keep the vandals away!

lisleman said...

this started me thinking about ancient statues, temples and monuments. The Maya map doesn't appear to reach Honduras. Are there any ancient ruins in Honduras? They probably are missing pieces I guess.
(oh my first comment seemed to fall into a digital crack in the internet)

Laurie Matherne said...

Many experts say that the Mayans began as a culture group in northern Honduras, in the area known as Copan. Copan Ruins have Mayan artifacts for view. I have never been, yet. I will one day.

Laurie Matherne said...

Poor lady. A stick would be helpful in bad economic times like these.

Mrs4444 said...

She's so beautiful! Too bad, about the broom....