Nov 17, 2011
Dolores Candelaria Mora Vega de Hernandez accomplished many things in her lifetime and in widely varying roles. She was an urban planner, researcher, and pioneer in mining within Argentina. She contributed heavily to the rail layout project of the Northern Trans-Andean Railway, or Huaytiquina. But perhaps she is best known for her work as a painter and sculptor. Many of her pieces can be viewed publicly throughout the country, including the Mermaid's Fountain (Fuente de las Nereidas) in Costanera Sur in Buenos Aires, and her grand bas-relief monument, depicting the signing of Argentina's Declaration of Independence, which can be seen at the Historial House of Tucuman.
Based on her life's work, I wanted to depict Lola Mora sculpting herself out of bas-relief bronze –our way of recognizing her important contributions and devotion to her country.
posted by Mike Dutton