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Thursday, September 2, 2010

On the Power of Phallic Symbols on the Pampas

Photo: Emilio Pedroso 

Neither animals nor attractions. That's right. 

Comments coming from those who arrive at EXPOINTER August 28 - September 09 2010 (our chief animal, agricultural and farm-implements fair which is held once a year) are all on a single, shall we say, unorthodox subject: the protuberance, let us put it this way, of the private parts of the Gaucho represented in sculpture in front of the park. 

The sculpture, five meters high, weighing 1200 pounds, has caused so much stir amongst the public, prompting the Administration of the Park to cover with a cloth the offending anatomical detail.

Derli Black Hat, the creator of the work, (and by the looks of it) proud of his achievement, spends his days and nights, literally, at the feet of his masterpiece, that is, in a shelter he has built at the base of the monument where he can catch some Zzz's.

*The Pampas (from Quechua, meaning "plain") are the fertile South American lowlands that include the Argentine provinces of Buenos Aires, La Pampa, Santa Fe, and Córdoba, most of Uruguay, and the State of Rio Grande do Sul, in the southernmost end of Brazil covering more than . ...

**Gaucho (gaúcho in Portuguesegaucho in Spanish) is a term commonly used to describe residents of the South American pampaschacos, orPatagonian grasslands, found principally in parts of ArgentinaUruguaySouthern Chile, and Southwestern Rio Grande do Sul. In Brazil, written Gaúcho and pronounced differently, it is also used to designate people from the state of Rio Grande do Sul in general.

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