09/18/13 - Greenwich Post - From Greenwich to Cuba with 'love'
The world is a book and those who do not travel read only a page said
Theres a lot of truth in that quotation. Travel is about more than just
vacations and relaxation. Its about learning about others and at a deeper
level, about oneself.
The more different a place seems on the surface, the more it teaches us
that fundamentally we are all the same.
The Greenwich Arts Council has a new hanging outdoor sculpture
installation of three fiber- glass planes, shaped into red-painted and
heart-shaped bodies. The sculpture is currently in front of 299 Greenwich
Avenue and is entitled Goodbye My Love. Created by prominent
contemporary Cuban sculptor Esterio Segura, the concept for the sculptures
is to reference the love that is commonly found in contemporary
relationships which often requires people to be separated from one
Its also an ode to Cuba, redolent with nostalgia and longing. Indeed,
Cuba is one of those places that longs for the past and yearns for the
and this sculpture is the artists way of allowing us all to travel
to the Cuba of his imagination.
Christopher Columbus landed on the island of Cuba in 1492. By 1511,
Spaniards had established settlements and made Havanas harbor a familiar
stopping point on the journey to and from Spain. The early 1800s brought
a sugarcane industry boom to Cuba, which required immense numbers of black
Slavery was abolished in 1886 and Spanish rule ended. Cuba became an
independent republic by way of a treaty in 1899, followed by a 1901
amendment allowing the U.S. to intervene in Cubas affairs. Cuba
terminated the amendment in 1934. Fulgencio Batista became president in
1940, running a corrupt police state. A revolution was launched by Fidel
Castro & Ernesto (Che) Guevara in 1956, which culminated on New Years Day
1959 when Batista fled into exile and Castro took over the government.
Cuba is a land of contrasts, redolent of nostalgia. I have yet to travel
there but my imagination has long been captured by its Latin rhythms, its
colorful buildings and the way past and present merge as one. Travel, when
its experienced with a sense of exploration, wipes away ignorance and
Yes, we all speak different languages and have different traditions but at
the core we are all equal. Richard Branson, a pioneer in space travel, is
working tirelessly to make space travel a reality. He believes that it
will redraw the lines on the world map, and erase borders
once we step
out into the infinity of space we will no longer be citizens of the US,
the UK, the EU
we will be citizens of the world.
Perhaps then we wont need sculptures to express our differences.
Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many
prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished
artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have
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