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San Jose's Best Monuments

By Caerea Londerson


San Jose is full of many monuments. A few of these San Jose monuments are crammed with history, while some others are rather new. Many monuments in San Jose can be viewed on your way around the town. Keep an eye out for these unique monuments on your drive through San Jose

Quetzalcoatl

This 8 foot tall charcoal gray, synthetic stone snake statue built by William Kreysler & Associates, based primarily on a model offered by Robert Graham, cost $500,000 to make. The word Quetzalcoatl means Quetzal serpent and is founded upon a similar monument at the Nation's Museum in Mexico. The statue is located at the south end of the Plaza de Cesar E. Chavez, just off South Market Street. This great figure reminds us of the great Aztec culture and the Spanish culture that were the building block of California and San Jose.

Oionos

At 101 Paseo de San Antonio Oionos stands in front of the San Jose Repertory Theater. The large brown and white statue was designed by Doug Hollis. It points the way to the key entrance to the theater, which produces about 6 performances every year. The monuments offers folks a good viewing piece while waiting for the show to start or during intermission.

Figure Holding the Sun

Found at 110 South Market Street in front of the San Jose Museum of Art is the fabricated steel statue. The statue was designed by Italo Scanga. It was placed here in 1988. The statue has many colours that are like the colours of the dawn and sunset. The statue features a person holding a massive circle.

Brown Bear

San Jose monuments also include the Brown Bear Statue found in front of the Center for Performing Humanities. The white sculpture has a plaque on the side of it that announces it is a brown bear, even though it seems like a polar bear to several visitors due to its white color. The statue was designed by Benny Bufano. The statue it not as detailed which makes it more of a modern style of art and unique in appearance. Curiously Benny Bufano made another bear sculpture which he named polar bear, and it's brown in color.

McKinley Was Here Statue

Four months before he was rubbed out, US President William McKinley addressed a large crowd in St. James Park. After his death, the town paid San Francisco based sculptor, Rupert Schmidt, $13,000 to make a statue that remembers this fact. The statue has been in place since February 21, 1903. You will not want to miss the statue at the park, they are a piece of artistry and importance that just add a special feel to this park, and allow a small piece of history to be saved for future generations.

Henry Naglee Statue

Henry Naglee made a fortune in San Jose by making wine. After his death in 1915, his children paid to have a monument built in St. James Park to remember their pa. The monument seems like a tombstone with info on it about the life of Henry Naglee.




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