Teucer statue

Teucer is a statue created by the Spanish sculptor Cándido Pazos,[1] located in Pontevedra (Spain). It is located in Saint Joseph's Square above the clock of the central building of the former Provincial Savings Bank of Pontevedra and was inaugurated on 15 July 2006.

Teucer
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The statue in 2016
ArtistCándido Pazos
Completion date15 July 2006; 16 years ago (2006-07-15)
MediumBronze
SubjectTeucer
ConditionGood
LocationPontevedra, Spain
Coordinates42°25′45.0″N 8°38′45.3″W / 42.429167°N 8.645917°W / 42.429167; -8.645917Coordinates: 42°25′45.0″N 8°38′45.3″W / 42.429167°N 8.645917°W / 42.429167; -8.645917

HistoryEdit

Teucer is the mythical founder of the city of Pontevedra. Legend has it that the mythical archer Teucer, son of King Telamon (King of Salamis), followed a mermaid, Leucoiña, in exile to the Ria de Pontevedra and then founded the city.

Before the foundation of the city, Teucer, together with his brother Ajax and his cousin Achilles, had gone to the Trojan War. But when this long war was over and they returned to their country, the heroes were not well received, even by their own families. Teucer, rejected by his father, went in search of a new homeland in the West and arrived in Iberia, travelled along the coast of Hispania, crossed the Strait of Gibraltar and founded a Greek colony called Hellenes, which would become Pontevedra.[2]

DescriptionEdit

The sculpture is made of bronze and is 6 metres high.[3]

It weighs 2 tons and is anchored by means of a steel spike to the small clock pavilion in the upper part of the Savings Bank of Pontevedra building. The sculpture gives a sensation of lightness that suggests it is floating in the air in a vacuum.[4]

Teucer is depicted as a young naked athlete with a modernist bow and the expression of having reached his destination.

CuriositiesEdit

The city named the oldest square in the old town centre Teucer in 1843, which had previously been called Town Square or Bread Square.[5]

On the façade of the Pontevedra City Hall (1880) there is an inscription about the foundation of the town by the Greek archer Teucer.

In the Basilica of Saint Mary Major there is a statue of Teucer carrying the cudgel at the top of the right buttress of its main façade.[6] In 1958, a granite statue of Teucer breaking the jaws of the Nemean lion with a cross behind it was added to the arch of the fountain that closes the square of the Pilgrim Virgin Church.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""Teucro" leva a Cándido Pazos á elite escultórica". Galicia Hoxe (in Galician). 30 July 2006.
  2. ^ "Teucro, el héroe griego que fundó Pontevedra". Pontevedra Viva (in Spanish). 26 June 2020.
  3. ^ "Teucro ya pisa el reloj". La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). 18 July 2006.
  4. ^ "El santiagués Cándido Pazos entra en la élite artística con sus últimas obras". El Correo Gallego (in Spanish). 30 July 2006.
  5. ^ "Un país mágico: Pontevedra". RTVE (in Spanish). 26 January 2020.
  6. ^ Durán Villa, Francisco, 2000, Provincia de Pontevedra, Madrid, Editorial Mediterráneo, p. 76

BibliographyEdit

  • Aganzo, Carlos (2010). Pontevedra. Ciudades con encanto (in Spanish). Madrid: El País-Aguilar. p. 100-101;118-119. ISBN 978-8403509344.
  • Durán Villa, Francisco (2000). Provincia de Pontevedra (in Spanish). Madrid: Editorial Mediterráneo. p. 76. ISBN 8471563371.
  • González y Zúñiga, Claudio (1846). Historia de Pontevedra, o sea de la antigua Helenes fundada por Teucro (in Spanish). Pontevedra: Establecimiento Tipográfico de la Viuda de Pintos.

See alsoEdit

Related articlesEdit

External linksEdit

  • [1] on the website Guía Repsol Pontevedra