23 May 2011 /

resistencia: art, dogs, public

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Resistencia is the capital city of the Chaco Province in Northern Argentina.  Dotted with squares adorned by public sculptures, a statue depicting Romulus and Remus feeding under a wolf first graced the city—the local Italian community offered this symbol of Rome’s founding myth to Resistencia in 1920. Since the early 1960s, the frequency of like civic donations accelerated; there are over 500 public artworks now on display.  These numerous monuments remind us of a visual cityscape that preceded the onslaught of advertising and commercial signage all too common today. In addition to these points of interest, communally owned dogs, with no leashes, also populate the city. These well taken care of companions, keep the town clean of rubbish and perform many other useful tasks, like keeping the sculptures company.

Photo:  Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev

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