Christopher Columbus Monument
BIRTH OF A NEW WORLD
Sculpted by artist Zurab Tsereteli, the Christopher Columbus monument titled “Birth of a New World” resides on the Arecibo/North Shore area of Puerto Rico. Dresdner Robin was ecstatic to have a hand in the design, implementation, and historic process of providing this monument to the Puerto Rican community and overall culture.
Known as the largest manmade sculpture in Latin America, “Birth of a New World” stands 300 feet tall and overlooks the waters once sailed by Columbus. The voyages of Columbus and other explorers, scientists, and tradesmen who followed transformed and opened major portions of the world to scientific knowledge and economic development. The monument depicts the Great Explorer at the helm of this ship with the sails unfurled and looking to the horizon. At his feet are the Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria, navigating a relief map that charts the explorers’ course to the New World.
Completed in late 2015, the monument was made from metal, concrete, and bronze held together by stainless steel bolts, washers, and nuts. Our role in the implementation of this monument was to provide civil site design, site planning, design consultant management, governmental construction permit coordination and management, management of site construction services and procurement, and the management of tourism application. A bonus for us was in adding a piece of history and culture to the community.