It was pointed out that the “steering wheel” wasn’t invented until after Columbus’s voyages. I think that the wheels is a representation of cybernetic systems planned to “govern” the new world.
I have been researching the Odum brothers AEC-affiliated ecologists and what they did to irradiate El Yunque sacred forest in Puerto Rico. H.T. Odum was stationed there in WWII for weather forecasting. They put a radar installation on top of the sacred mountain in the 1930s.
Then in 2017 this “new world” colossus created by a Georgian sculptor landed about 2.5 hours west of the forest in the same area, Arecibo, where a giant radio telescope had been built by DARPA in the 1960s.
One of the most-cited references to Tsereteli comes from a short story by the Russian writer Boris Akunin. It depicts the monumentalist as an alien, who attempts to install a beacon on Earth, comprised out of his numerous enormous works.
The story gained massive popularity in Russia, reflecting the public’s attitude towards Tsereteli’s work. His name has become a common epithet. Muscovites can sometimes be overheard saying “That’s just plain Tsereteli”, meaning something is as useless as it is tasteless.
Zurab Tsereteli now lives in Moscow with his wife – Princess Andronikashvili – who comes from a noble Georgian family, and claims partial decent from the Byzantine emperor Andronikos I Komnenos. They have a daughter and three grandchildren.
The western hemisphere has a new tallest statue, and it is in Puerto Rico, of all places. “Birth of a New World”, a 268-foot monumental sculpture of Christopher Columbus by the Georgian-Russian artist Zurab Tsereteli, was unveiled earlier this month near Arecibo on the north coast of the cash-strapped Caribbean island. Not that it was possible to “unveil” an object over 100 feet taller than the Statue of Liberty. But the event marked the culmination of a 25-year journey for the bronze-and-copper colossus that ranks among the more bizarre art stories of recent times.
Further delays ensued, and for a decade the statue lay in its 2,750 constituent parts on a Puerto Rican beach, exposed to sand and salt like some Ozymandian relic, ruined before its time. “Birth of a New World” was finally erected in its current location with the support of a local businessman and the artist’s own money at a cost of $12m. It is hoped that the statue will attract tourism to an island currently going through a $72 billion debt crisis.
The Birth of the New World is a gift from the Russian Federation to the people of the United States. It acknowledges America’s support for democracy in Russia and celebrates a future of growing interdependence among the nations of the world. It is the second of a two-part composition by the Georgian (Grusinian) artist Zurab Tsereteli that straddles two continents. The first, Birth of a New Man, was erected in Seville, Spain, in 1995. Completing the route of discovery of America, Birth of a New World depicts Columbus at the steering wheel [which was invented about 80 years after Columbus died], sails unfurled behind him. At his feet, the Niña, Pinta, and Santa Maria, the three small ships which made the historic Atlantic crossing, sail across a relief map of the new world.
A towering 600-ton statue of Christopher Columbus that has been rejected by New York, Miami, Baltimore and other cities may finally find a home on an uninhabited Puerto Rican island.
The mayor of the town of Cataño, Edwin Rivera Sierra accepted, at the insistence of Tsereteli, to raise the statue on the condition of having his municipality pay for the freight of the statue’s parts from Russia. More than 2,700 individual pieces of cast bronze were shipped to Cataño, but quite a few of them suffered rust damage, and the entire wreck is literally rusting away at the proposed site (right photo). The municipality did not have money, either to replace the damaged parts, or to erect the monument in less than two or three project stages.
This statue had been abandoned in a shipping container repair yard where it was found by Owl Metals, a metal recycling company. It was reassembled and cleaned before being donated to the Knights of Columbus hall in Dundalk, MD (near Baltimore).
Tseretali proposed erecting the statue on Roosevelt Island. However, this plan was met with concerns of its size, as it would visually dwarf the Statue of Liberty, yet be dwarfed itself by skyscrapers of the city’s skyline that sat near Roosevelt Island. Plans for it to be located in New York City were briefly resurrected in 1997 when then-real estate developer Donald Trump proposed that the statue be at his development of rail yards , but this was nixed by city leadership including mayor Rudy Giuliani.
I think there is significance in the cities where the sculpture was rejected.
In 1992, the Miami area was offered the statue.
Fort Lauderdale, Florida City Commissioner Gary Keno expressed interest in it.
In 1993, the city of Columbus, Ohio was offered the statue.
In 1997, there was an effort to locate the statue in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.
Birth of the New World was considered the main attraction in the area following the collapse of the Arecibo Observatory (Ionosphere)
Arecibo Radio Telescope - Other side of the island from El Yunque.
That statue is paired with “Birth of a New Man” in Seville, Spain.
Columbus in an egg, surrounded by water and lights.
A small scale replica is in front of the UNESCO building in Paris.
Amid its long search for a home, the statue gathered the derisive nicknames of “Chris Kong”, "Robo-Columbus", and “From Russia with Ugh” while searching for a base.