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June 13th, 2009
Don Quixote Statue Washington, DC
This is a free attraction located in front of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Building in Washington DC at the Foggy bottom neighborhood: at New Hampshire Ave & G St NW . A plaque in Spanish reads: "Ofrenda del Instituto de Cultura Hispanica de Madrid al bicentenario de los Estado Unidos con ocasion de la visita oficial de su majistad el rey de Espana Don Juan Carlos Junio 1976" and the inscription on the right side is taken from Chapter 17 from "Man of La Mancha" and reads: ""Well might the enchanters rob me of my good fortune, but never of my spirit or my will.". Another inscription says: "Adventure with the Lions, chapter XVII Two" and "Bien podran los encantadores quitarme la ventura, pero el esfuerzo y el animo. Aventura de los Leones Cap. XVII 2nd Parte - Miguel de Cervantes" Sculptora/A. Teno/Madrid/Espana - 1976 signed
Sculpted by Aurelio Teno and dedicated in June 1976, it's sculpted in Bronze and Colmenar stone. The lance is made of steel and the base is stone and concrete. It's 15' x 6' x12' and the base is another 4' x 5' x 12'. It weighs 66 tons.
The sculpture is from the Cervantes literary Character named Don Quixote. He is dressed in a suit of armor and he emerges on his horse from a jagged piece of stone, holding a 12' lance. He is partly embedded into the stone, making this a most unique piece of art.
The Sculpture was a gift from Spain during America's Bicentennial. It was presented by their Majesties King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia of Spain.
Above: Statue of Don Quixote
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
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