You’ll find these utterly charming animal statues outside the children’s play area at Parque España.
In 1970, the National Institute for Child Protection (INPI) decided to restore public parks and gardens by adding playgrounds. Sculptor Alberto Pérez Soria created the “game sculptures,” a series of animals emptied in bronze for the city park. In an act of corruption, the government asked Soria to raise the cost of his designs so that those involved would keep a share of the money allocated for the project. Soria refused, the government gave him some plasticine for the design instead and never contacted him again.
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