|Cyclists observe Rita in the Parque Nacional.|
|The long-suffering Rita's |
Installed in the park in 2002, over the years, Rita has suffered for reasons more related to her location than her profession. Offering large iron plates on one of the city's primary thoroughfares, this Rita tempts not sexually frustrated males, but passersby in search of self expression, often without the redeeming qualities of artistic ability. Poor Rita has become defaced by graffiti and tagging. Soon, Bogotá plans to clean and renovate Rita.
Besides urban neglect and adolescent misbehavior, Rita's condition could also
|A poster on a wall in the Santa Fe neighborhood's |
red light district says 'Rejection.'
Whether she is honoring prostitution or warning against it, Rita's renovation won't come cheap: 27 million pesos, or about US $1,000 dollars, according to El Tiempo.
Still, it might be worthwhile, if not for the fact that Rita will get graffitied again soon after.
By Mike Ceaser, of Bogotá Bike Tours