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Benito Juarez
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The statue in Chicago in 2014
Artist Julian Martinez
Type Sculpture
Medium Bronze
Subject Benito Juárez

Benito Juarez is one of two sculptures of the Mexican president of the same name, created by Julian Martinez. One full-length statue is installed in Chicago, in the U.S. state of Illinois, and another bust is installed in Hermann Park's McGovern Centennial Gardens, in Houston, Texas. The Chicago statue replaces a previously installed bust.


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Plaque for the Chicago statue, 2014

In Chicago the full-length statue of Juarez, who served as president of Mexico from 1858 to 1872, is installed in the Plaza of the Americas, along Michigan Avenue, just north of the Wrigley Building. (41°53′24.4″N 87°37′29.6″W / 41.890111°N 87.624889°W / 41.890111; -87.624889) The 16-foot statue was donated to the city by the counsel general of Mexico in February 1999, and replaces a bust given by the Mexican President in 1977.


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The bust in Houston is installed in Hermann Park's McGovern Centennial Gardens (pictured in 2015).

In Houston, the outdoor bronze bust is installed in Hermann Park's McGovern Centennial Gardens. (29°43′20.0″N 95°23′17.6″W / 29.722222°N 95.388222°W / 29.722222; -95.388222) The sculpture was acquired by the City of Houston in 1985, having been donated by Pemex on behalf of the Mexican people.

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