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O'Cebreiro aqua-lady statute...research help, request

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I've been blogging/writing about my 2019 Camino Frances journey, for friends and fellow pilgrims who have cancelled (had to or chose to) their 2020 trip.
When we reached O'Cebreiro (by horse) I spied this statute, after our lunch with Victor, I went back and took photos, however, I haven't been able to find any information on the statute. I have woven her into my story - but reluctant to use the photo without known something about her origins. Hoping someone has some info...IMG_8298.jpg
 
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Kathar1na

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O'Cebreiro aqua-lady statute
One might think that it is a mermaid but what I see is a young pilgrim woman with a backpack, not wearing boots or shoes, with her legs/feet over each other in a casual or playful resting position. Also, there are no myths or legends or anything that could be related to the figure. It is a modern statue in honour of contemporary pilgrims.

Cebreiro Peregrina.jpg
 

Kathar1na

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Bronze plus weather equals green
And I learnt today that it is common to artificially create a green patina on bronze statues, or even a different coloured patina. Apparently, one reason is the desire to protect the statue from the weather and from corrosion thanks to this deliberately accelerated patina process. This forum is a constant fountain of new knowledge. 😇

@SabineP's link informs us that the pilgrim statue of O Cebreiro was put in place as recently as April 2018.
 

Kathar1na

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The model for the pilgrim sculpture of O Cebreiro is the dancer Inés Vieites from the dancing company Nova Galega de Danza.

Originally, the statue was meant to carry a traditional walking stick over her shoulder but the artist decided against it. To break with stereotyping. That is also the reason why the statue is a woman and not a man. The overwhelming majority of contemporary pilgrim sculptures are male - not a reflection of reality as the composition of pilgrims is currently nearly evenly split between 50% men and 50% women.

It was commissioned and cost 30,000 €. Paid by the town of Pedrafita to which O Cebreiro belongs and by regional administration.

The artist decided against showing a walking pilgrim and opted for a pilgrim who rests and enjoys her surroundings. He would like to put the same pilgrim sculpture in other places, for examples in Roncesvalles and in Santiago de Compostela, but in a different posture than at O Cebreiro.

The statue already had a green patina when it was installed in 2018.

Article from May 2018:
O Cebreiro rompe estereotipos con la primera escultura de una peregrina
O Cebreiro breaks stereotypes with the first sculpture of a female pilgrim (machine translation)
 
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Marbe2

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camino.ninja

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The original is at Hotel Costa Vella in Santiago de Compostela:

The one on O Cebreiro is an enlarged replica. Replicas of the original can be purchaced for something like 450 euros at the hotel.
 

David61

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I see so many pics posted here and think "How did I not see that?" and here is another!
 

camino.ninja

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I see so many pics posted here and think "How did I not see that?" and here is another!

It is only one or two years old, the one on O Cebreiro
 

David Tallan

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The original is at Hotel Costa Vella in Santiago de Compostela:

The one on O Cebreiro is an enlarged replica. Replicas of the original can be purchaced for something like 450 euros at the hotel.

Interesting. According to what we read above:
Originally, the statue was meant to carry a traditional walking stick over her shoulder but the artist decided against it. To break with stereotyping.

The one in the hotel has the walking stick over her shoulder, that was removed for the one in O Cebreiro.
 

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