Sculpture of yellow butterflies will honor ‘Gabo’ in Colombia


A post by Peter Jordens.

Inspired by the yellow flowers and butterflies that adorned the life and work of Gabriel García Maquez, Colombian artisans are today constructing a sculpture dedicated to the Nobel laureate in a central square in Barranquilla. The sculpture will be a kind of metaphor to evoke the Colombian author of El amor en los tiempos del cólera and Crónica de una muerte anunciada, by using elements that symbolized his life and work.

Showers of tiny yellow flowers as well as butterflies, connected to his childhood, appear in his book Cien años de soledad [One-hundred Years of Solitude]. While they exist, nothing bad can happen to me; I need to have them with me or be surrounded by women, the writer once said. He would often wear a suit with a sun-colored rose on his chest.

According to local newspapers, the sculpture conceived of by artists from his homeland is one of several tributes to ‘Gabo’ that have surfaced within a few months since his death in Mexico due to cancer.

Experts believe that the butterfly described by the writer is the ‘Phoebis philea’, typical of warm places, which flew around in the garden of his grandparents’ house.


Currently being constructed, the monument is located in the historic center of Barranquilla, in Colombia’s Caribbean coastal region, near Aracataca, García Márquez’s birthplace.

Cien años de soledad (1967), about to the lineage of the Buendía family and the magical world of Macondo, was perhaps his most popular work. About this book the Chilean poet Pablo Neruda said: It is the best novel ever written in Spanish since Don Quijote.

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2 thoughts on “Sculpture of yellow butterflies will honor ‘Gabo’ in Colombia

  1. I am writing with a kindly request. We are truly interested in two photos of sculpture project dedicated to the Gabriel García Maquez that you have posted. I would like to ask if there is a possibility to use these photos in a scientific article about Gabriel Garcia Marquez that will appear in a scientific journal of our museum. We will be grateful for this opportunity.
    I look forward to your answer.

    Kind regards from Poland,

    Joanna Dziadowiec

    Joanna Dziadowiec, PhD.
    Museum adjunct – Scientific secretary
    The National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw

    1. Dear Dr. Dziadowiec:

      I am sorry to have missed this message earlier. We do not own those images. For permission, you must contact the original publisher of the article, which I believe is Prensa Latina.

      Best regards,
      Ivette Romero

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