A replica of the giant crocodile that has adorned the slate of the Victoria de Girón stadium for some years went through the center of the city of Matanzas surprisingly, to be placed later on the building where the Baseball Hall of Fame lays, in the Palmar de Junco, National Monument.
The crocodile, with the Matanzas cap and carrying a bat, is a large-scale sculpture by local artisan Miguel La Nuez, built on a metal structure to which was added poly-foam, glue paper and a plastic coating that waterproofs it, fastened with welded clamps and screws for safety.
On his walk from the Victoria de Girón stadium to the La Libertad park and from there to the Palmar de Junco, in the neo-Puebla neighborhood, where he was ovated by the population, the symbolic saur was accompanied by a broad group of glories from the sport balls and strikes, members of the Hall of Fame and children baseball team sub 15 carrying Cuban flags and allegorical banners to the tenth-third Biennial, of which Matanzas is its second location.
This time some areas of the neighborhood of Pueblo Nuevo were embellished by plastic artists, including the right side of the main building where they made a mural that highlights a broad palmar and on the right the image of a player placed in batting position, while at the top highlights the emblem of the installation, “the legend that lives”, with black letters and white background.
Invited to this morning of art were members of the Group of Experts of the Re-foundation of the Hall of Fame, of Havana, the Martín Dihigo National Virtual Clique and personalities of the culture of other provinces, who visit us these days.
Luis Octavio Hernández, president of the 13th Biennial in Matanzas, formulated the opening words of the program. After detailing the work carried out by the artists in El Palmar, he indicated that “this place could not be forgotten in the fun of these days, venue of the first official baseball game in Cuba, in 1874, of which we will be 145 years old, declared a National Monument in 1992, the oldest active stadium in the world and for what it has meant for the people of Matanzas since the 19th century “.
At the request of Luis Octavio spoke the lawyer and historian Ismael Sené, who had words of praise for what the province has done to keep alive this stadium that “at this time, he said, has the conditions to be the future Hall of Fame of Cuban Baseball “.
Then the famous Matanzas sculptor Agustín Drake handed over to the director of the project Palmar de Junco, the engineer Elena González, the historic trophy won by the Matanzas Sport team in 1945, which she had kept for more than 40 years, to be kept in the showcases of the museum, since it is the sports heritage of the province.
The party continued with a baseball game between two Matanzas teams of the under 15 year’s category, which was enlivened by the popular Failde orchestra for the approval of the hundreds of people from Matanzas and visitors who occupied spaces in the old wooden stands.
It was a Saturday full of emotions that Luis Octavio Hernández organized with his collaborators of the Biennial, to demonstrate that sport and culture go hand in hand and as a tribute to Palmar de Junco, witness of innumerable social, cultural and sporting events of a city 325 years old.