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Identity crisis

We had trouble deciding just what this statue represented, the top looking like a collection of... read more

Reviewed March 9, 2018
Jennifer M
Burlington, Canada
Creative but I don't see the connection

I think that the artist wanted to do something radically different from the traditional statues of... read more

Reviewed October 6, 2017
Ray V
Chaves, Portugal
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  • Average49%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible3%
9 Mar 2018
“Identity crisis”
6 Oct 2017
“Creative but I don't see the connection”
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Av. Da Republica, Junto Ao Passeio Maritimo, Vila Real de Santo Antonio 8900, Portugal
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Reviewed March 9, 2018

We had trouble deciding just what this statue represented, the top looking like a collection of corks from wine bottles. Everyone had a different interpretation which led us to look it up - which in a way makes it a good statue - it got...More

Thank Jennifer M
Reviewed October 6, 2017

I think that the artist wanted to do something radically different from the traditional statues of historical figures, in this case the controversial dictator of 18th century Portugal, the Marquês of Pombal, who had this city built according to his modern plan. Traditionalists will hate...More

Thank Ray V
Reviewed September 23, 2017

Standing on the main boulevard overlooking the marina, this statue of Marques de Pombal does offer a somewhat quirky photo opportunity to visitors. Looks pretty impressive on a hot sunny day....but what doesn't?

Thank Anyportman
Reviewed August 27, 2017

situated by the marina area walkway on the right hand side you will see this sculpture its very good but had us wondering what it represented. the walkway is small mosque block paved intersected with patterns and swirls its a nice wander along with other...More

Thank castle1_10
Reviewed July 29, 2017

After seeing the comments on TripAdvisor we thought we should take a look at the statue. We are not really sure whether we liked it or not. It is certainly interesting and provoked a discussion. Maybe that is what it is intended to do.

Thank Julia C
Reviewed June 21, 2017

Located in a beautiful place by the harbour I cannot make up my mind whether I like this piece of art or not? Maybe that is what it is meant to achieve as we were all divided on its merit.

1  Thank davidwilliambarnes
Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

An interpretation of the man's intelligence which is beautiful, my opinion. Not in a particularly good position though. But worth seeing and pondering.

Thank gummington
Reviewed July 11, 2016

This random pile of Stones that they want us to believe that is art, is not only an insult to famous Portuguese Stone carvers, but also a joke and to put into redicule the great man that was the Marques de Pombal.

Thank Fernando C
Reviewed October 18, 2015

Modern, contemporary. Loving the curls. It´s clean, tall and proud like the town of VRSA. One of a number of pieces of art on display around the town

Thank JanR1208
Reviewed September 16, 2015

A statue to the founder of the city made of marble stone. Created some controversy but in the end a great work from João cutileiro

Thank VitorPaiva
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