Originally completed in 1958, it has always honored Jose Marti. He is a hero to the Revolution of Castro and the Freedom of Cuba that was celebrated pre-Castro. Jose Marti was born to Spanish Colonial parents in Cuba - then a colony of Spain. He wrote eloquently about freedom in Cuba and Latin American in general.
He is a hero to all Cubans.
So, we visited the Memorial and it is a really odd and wonderful mix of styles.
It is a tower in the star shape, that rises tall - and has an observation deck on the top. The Tower exterior itself is a combo Art-Deco / Fascist grandeur that would be dull all alone.
But it is paired with a stunning statue of Marti out front. Surrounded by half-completed columns (because his work isn't done), the blazing white marble statue of Jose kneeling, quite literally, grounds the tower and statue to the plaza.
|Me - for scale|
|The darker green on green (greounded colors) on the right are echo'ed in the lobby, but the vibrant colors all but sing homage to the sky.|
|Come on! How gorgeous is that.|
But the mosaics at the memorial outshine their contemporaries by miles. The are light and cheery and so artistic.
|The LAX mosaics - similar style, different purpose - to give an experience of the passage of time and space as you move between the grounded Los Angeles, and the flight of the terminal|
And the views weren't bad either!
|Towards Old Town and the Harbor|
|Towards the Malacon and the Vedado|