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In Santa Cruz, Chile, there is a tiny rural area named Paniahue. The entrance to Paniahue is marked by Plaza Santa Cruz which contains these sculptures. These Caballos de metal (Metal Horses) flank one side of the plaza and are an aesthetic tribute to the Chilean peoples and their artisan and metal-working heritages as well as their indigenous peoples.

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The other side of the park is more noticeably set off by a cross made of wine barrels. It’s about 50 feet tall and beautifully represents the Catholic history and rich vineyard culture of the nation.
Interesting also that the artist chose to use wine barrels. Christ refers to Himself as the vine and invites us to abide with Him. The Spanish translation of “abide with me” comes out as permaneced, which carries a deeper tone of permanence.

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