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Letras de Ponce, Ponce

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The Letras de Ponce is a famous landmark in Barrio Sabanetas in Ponce, Puerto Rico, located southbound on PR-52 at the intersection with PR-10. The iconic monument consists of five letters that spell the name of the city P-O-N-C-E in 20ft by 18ft by 12ft red and black letters. The letters, and its resulting sign, were designed by Carlos Rivera Villafañe, a sculptor from Ponce. The landmark is said to be "known to every Puerto Rican."HistoryIn 2002 the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation presented a contest for the design of a monument to be placed on State Route 52 (PR-52), at the entrance of the city of Ponce. The contest was part of what would become 97 projects of public art spread throughout Puerto Rico.In selecting the work of art, the Government of Puerto Rico considered 318 submissions from hundreds of artists around the world, including Ada Bobonis, Ann Hamilton, Antoni Muntadas, Liliana Porter, and Devorah Sperber. Rivera Villafañe's proposal was one of the winners, and the winner for the Ponce entrance monument.Construction and designThe letters are built of "marine steel", also known as corteen, the same material used in the construction of ships. Each letter measures 20 feet high by 18 feet wide by 12 feet deep. Together they span an area of half a kilometer. The breadth of the letters is intended to symbolize the extension of the city of Ponce, "heightening Ponce's urban identity and raising it to its territorial extension." The letters cost $430,000 USD. Its design, manufacture and suiting all were done in Puerto Rico.
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  • Las Letras de Ponce ( the letters of Ponce) are across the #2 Highway, just as you arrived from Juana Diaz to Ponce.There is no formal parking, but the drivers leave their cars at the side of the road...  more »
  • The location is like a welcoming to Ponce. People stop to take photos of every letter. It's fun! The only thing is that traffic is pretty heavy around and it could be dangerous to visitors.  more »
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  • Iconic travel stop for photo ops. Don't try to climb up into a leter unless you're physically fit!
  • Most beautiful welcoming sign you'll see in your life!
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