There are several monuments in Montevideo. While their appeal is not as great as in other capitals, we find that their realism makes them both interesting and attractive. Many of them achieve what artists always aspire; to breathe life into granite and bronze.
The Obelisk of Montevideo, next to the Boulevard Artigas, is one of these monuments. You will find that it is not as large as other obelisks found in major cities, but what it lacks in gargantuan size is more than made up in an attractive and moving piece.
Its base is a small rotunda and like most obelisks it gradually protrudes toward the sky ending in a pronounced tip. Bordering the Obelisk you will find three conceptual statues. One of them, “Strength” (“La Fuerza”,) seems to truly be alive in the act of unsheathing her sword. Cold and heartless, “La Fuerza” is intimidating.
It is to our understanding that this monument was erected in honor of the Constituyentes de 1830. We are only travelers and do not have an in-depth knowledge of the surrounding history nor its politics. We like to admire the statue as we found it, as a work of great art that undoubtedly explains itself. The three conceptual statues clearly show the effort needed to maintain a free nation.
Should you visit Montevideo park your car nearby and take a few moments to admire this monument. Perhaps “La Fuerza” will move you as it did us.