A 99-year-old woman asked her family members that upon her death, a rod-shaped statue would be placed over her grave in Mexico. The history of the monument, which was inaugurated last Saturday (23), has gained popularity on social networks. Information from Vice.
At first, relatives of Catarina Ordonia Pérez, known among the inhabitants of the small town of Misantla, believed that she was joking, but shortly before her death, the woman made it clear that her wish had come true.
“She told me it was her wish, so that no one would forget her, and so that everything we loved about her would be remembered more easily,” Catarina Alvaro Motta Lemon’s grandson said in an interview with the US website.
The woman passed away in January 2021. Since then, family members have come together to make the request a reality.
They contacted Isidro Lavoingnet, an engineer known in the area for building plastic objects such as cisterns and children’s toys.
At first, he also thought the request was a joke. “This type of sculpture is not very common, especially when it is made to memorialize someone who has died,” he said. Soon he accepted the mission.
After relying on the help of more than 10 people – including a sculptor and a carpenter – Isidro completed the work, measuring 1.6 meters and weighing about 300 kilograms in about a month. The most complex part of the construction, according to the Catarina family, were the testicles, which had to be reconstructed from scratch after being “deformed” on the first attempt.
The memorial was inaugurated in a festive atmosphere, with Katharina’s friends and relatives around the tomb and even with a live band.
According to Catarina’s grandson, the grandmother said the request was aimed at “breaking the paradigms of Mexicans, who sometimes leave things hidden because they don’t have an open mind.”
After the launch of the work and the popularity of the images, many sought the services of the creator. But others disagreed with the idea.
“Out of 10 people, I think seven view the statue positively. If they don’t see it positively, they at least respect her wish. However, there are others, with their conservative values, closed off on the situation,” said Katharina’s grandson.
According to him, the family discussed the possibility of criticizing the statue, but decided to fulfill the elderly woman’s last wish for life anyway.
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