The monument is a homage to the Nobel Prize laureate „so closely connected with Havana, the Caribbean and Cuba,“ said Colombia’s ambassador Gustavo Bell on Thursday. With the sculpture, his country would also like to thank the Cubans for their support of the peace process with the Farc guerrilla.
The Colombian government and the rebels had been negotiating for four years in Havana before they signed a peace treaty in June. The life-size statue of García Márquez, who was a friend of the Cuban revolutionary leader Fidel Castro and lived in Havana for several years in the 1980s, was created by the Cuban sculptor José Villa Soberón.
García Márquez’s most famous work is the 50th anniversary of the „Hundred Years of Loneliness“. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1982. The writer died in 2014 in Mexico City.