“Raíces” Fountain

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The “Raíces” fountain is located at the far end of the “Paseo de la Princesa”.  It was unveiled on May 30, 1992 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Discovery of America, and to inaugurate “La Princesa” promenade.  The fountain is comprised of human figures representing the Island’s Taíno, Spanish and African heritage.

The Raices fountain is a beautiful work of art, but it’s also an example of how vandalism and poor government oversight has helped diminish quality of life and the enjoyment of public places both for locals and for tourists.

Originally this fountain had a brass chain all around it, supported by concrete pillars with brass rings at the top.  Today the chain is gone, so are most of the brass rings and the only thing left is the concrete pillars.

This otherwise beautiful monument is a sad testament to a decomposed society that defaces its own public art and respects nothing and no one.

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