Monumento Al Ovejero, Punta Arenas

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Admire the simple artistry and homely message of Monumento Al Ovejero, a sculpture that acts as a tribute to the agricultural heritage of the nation. Created by artist Francisco Campo Torrealba in 1944, the sculpture depicts 12 life-size figures in bronze. The scene is of a shepherd holding the reins of his horse that follows behind him, and a whip that guides the sheep huddled in front. Inspired by verses written by poet Joseph Grimaldi Acotto, the statue is a fitting monument to the agricultural and artistic heritage of Chile. With our international travel planner, Punta Arenas attractions like Monumento Al Ovejero can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
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  • Monumento al Ovejero (Sheepdog Monument) is located within a short walking distance from the municipal cemetery of Punta Arenas. It is an important monument and artistic feature of Punta Arenas. It...  more »
  • A dash ho-hum. The Shepherd Monument is well crafted with the horse, sheep, dog and shepherd. Kids would probably love to climb all over them. I respect the history and the memorialisation, but don't....  more »
  • Monumento al Ovejero (Sheepdog Monument) is an important monument and artistic feature of Punta Arenas. It depicts a rural worker engaged in the harsh activities that contributed to the wealthy livestock industry of southern Chile. Walk up to the monument to observe it closely. It stretches for about 100 feet (30 meters) and includes 12 life-size sculptures. At the rear of the monument is a shepherd with a horse and his faithful sheepdog. Walking in front of them is a herd of nine sheep. Note the intricate detail of the shepherd’s coat and hat, which appear to be blowing in the wind. If you are visiting Punta Arenas during winter, be sure to see the monument with a covering of snow, resembling conditions the shepherds faced in winter.
  • All crafted in bronze, not the most impressive thing to see, but reflects with good point the lifestyle of the shepherd.
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