Four bronze sculptures are being refurbished at the Museo Nacional. One of them is a statue of former president José Figueres Ferrer.
The museum said that some 1.5 million colons are being invested to restore the statutes, which were done by artist Marisel Jiménez. The amount is about $2,850.
The Figueres statue is 2.7 meters high, nearly nine feet. There also are statues of a boy, a
girl and a mallet. The boy with a book represents education. The girl, who has a
violin, represents the arts and the mallet represents work.
Figueres, of course, was the man who led the 1948 revolution that installed the current form of government. He was president three times and perhaps is best known for abolishing the army.
Although the statues are bronze there is a lot of cleaning that the museum has done to stabilize the patina. The statue of the girl needed to have a new violin cast. That work is almost done. The Figueres is the one that used to dominate the Plaza de la Democracia.