Tomorrow, a bronze monument to Ernesto "Che" Guevara will be taken to a foundry to be cast. Designed by Palermo-based sculptor Andrés Zerneri, the bronze statue will be dedicated on June 14, 2008, which at would have been El Che's birthday if he were still among us and full of piss and vineagar. The statue has an interesting history, outlined in this highly propagandistic Prensa Latina article. Most interesting, the metal used came from a drive to collect keys and other tiny bronze objects:
Over the past two years, 14,454 people from all over the world have contributed more than 3,000 kilograms of bronze to cast the four-meter-tall statue, which will be erected in Rosario, Che's birthplace.No word on whether Fidel Castro will attend, but I suppose there's hope as it seems he might have some more free time on his hands in the coming year.