IPC said that the statue of María Lionza did not return to its pedestal to prevent it from being damaged

IPC said that the statue of María Lionza did not return to its pedestal to prevent it from being damaged

Dinorah Cruz, president of the IPC, explained that the constant vibration of the vehicles and the contamination damaged the María Lionza piece. In addition, she clarified that it was not a robbery because that instance is the guarantor of the nation’s heritage.

The president of the Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPC), Dinorah Cruz, affirmed this Friday, October 7, that the statue of María Lionza by maestro Alejandro Colina was not returned to its original pedestal on the Gran Cacique Guaicaipuro Highway because it was considered that the environmental elements, plus the vibration caused by the cars that pass through that road artery, would damage the piece again.

“A diagnosis was made and criteria were established. Everyone knew that this statue was there (…) a process is begun to determine responsibilities to understand why in 18 years the statue was not relocated. Putting it back in the same place is inadmissible », he pointed out in an interview for VTV.

Cruz asserted that the IPC did not steal the piece but that, as guarantor of the country’s cultural heritage, it must ensure the good result of the sculpture and also be able to allow the population to enjoy the work. In that sense, he rejected the politicization that has arisen on the subject and asserted that official procedures were carried out for the transfer of the statue to Yaracuy state.

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He indicated that an exhortation was made to the Yaracuyana authorities and the citizens so that the statue of María Lionza be preserved and avoid a new collapse of the structure. In addition, he stressed that the piece has a double value: the purely artistic and the one that Venezuelans give it by worshiping the figure it represents.

Two days after the María Lionza statue, which was at the Central University of Venezuela (UCV), was removed and taken to Sorte, the Institute of Cultural Heritage (IPC) confirms its relocation.

The Thursday October 6through a statement, the IPC indicated that the statue María Lionza, by the Venezuelan sculptor Alejandro Colina, “will be relocated at the foot of the María Lionza Natural Monument, known as the Sorte mountain, in the state of Yaracuy, for its preservation, conservation and exhibition.

The IPC urges the national executive to deploy the actions and resources required for the relocation of the María Lionza statue at the foot of the monument in Yaracuy.

These statements contradict what the UCV has been saying repeatedly that since 2005 they have been trying to return the statue of María Lionza to its pedestal, but that they have never received a response.

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