Miami in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Tower of Snow
Enrique Martínez Celaya
—American (born in Cuba, 1964) —
“For years, feelings of displacement and foreignness had seemed specific to my experience, then I began to read about the ‘Operación Pedro Pan’ and I found my story in many of their accounts. This recognition brought along a new sense of belonging to a group larger than myself, a group whose longing did not fit in any one heart.” —Enrique Martínez Celaya
Erected 2012 by Miami-Dade College permanent art collection.
Location. 25° 46.798′ N, 80° 11.363′ W. Marker is in Miami, Florida, in Miami-Dade County. Marker is at the intersection of Biscayne Boulevard (U.S. 1) and NE 6th Street, on the right when traveling south on Biscayne Boulevard. Touch for map. It is at the southwest corner of the intersection, on the same side as the Freedom Tower museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 600 Biscayne Blvd, Miami FL 33132, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tequesta (approx. Gesu Catholic Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Menendez on Biscayne Bay (approx. 0.3 miles away); Great Miami Hurricane of 1926 (was approx. 0.4 miles away but has been reported missing. ); The Art Deco Tower (approx. half a mile away); Dade County (approx. half a mile away); Saving the Circle (approx. 0.7 miles away); The Miami Circle (approx. 0.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Miami.
Regarding The Tower of Snow. The statue depicts a boy on crutches carrying a house on his back. He is heading towards the Freedom Tower, just across the street. This is a smaller copy of the original sculpture at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.
The Freedom Tower, during the height of the first Cuban exodus in the 1960s, was used by the federal government to process, document and provide health services for Cuban refugees. Today it is a museum of contemporary art associated with Miami Dade College. The 1925 Mediterranean Revival style building was the headquarters and printing facility
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Also see . . . Monumental sculpture inspired by Cuban exodus unveiled at Hermitage. 2012 article by Anny Shaw. “According to Martínez Celaya, who left his native Cuba as a child, the work is about his own experience of exile, but also about Operation Peter Pan, when more than 14,000 Cuban children were sent to the US between 1960 and 1962 by parents who feared the Cuban government would take away their right to decide how their children should be educated. ‘It’s about the anguish of those children,” Martínez Celaya says. ‘I wanted to memorialise that event.’ ” (Submitted on February 23, 2014.)
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