|A map indicates regions |
designated for mining.
Like many modern art exhibits, this one could be visually more interesting. Almost its entire first floor consists of a taut red string describing Colombia's borders, perhaps to illustrate the weakness of the country's frontiers, and the word 'Columbia' on the back wall. Oh, and there's a reworked version of the nation's coat of arms, with rapacious hawks landing on it, and nearby the words 'Sale' in English. On the second floor you'll see a video denouncing mega-mining and a sculpture of Colombia's three Andean mountain ranges that's apparently made from gold. (You can't touch it.)
But if the artwork isn't so impressive, the idea of two Colombias, or a Colombia at a crossroads, is interesting.
|Colombia and Columbia.|
Should somebody rename the country?
Incidentally, I'd always wondered why Colombia IS spelled as it is and not 'Colonia' (from Cristobal Colon), or 'Columbia' (from Cristopher Columbus). That, probably, showed my own ignorance. The real reason is that the country's name comes from 'Colombo,' the Italian-born explorers original name.
|Colombia's Andes Mountain ranges in gold.|
|Pres. Santos has declared 17 million hectares as 'mining-energy reserve.'|
|'...a Colombia which appears to be always disposed to give itself away without hesitation for the most mediocre and pathetic prices.'|
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours