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San Jose Sights

Monumento al Zaguate

  • Avda. Central, Cs.6–8
  • Barrio La Merced
  • Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

Updated 04/10/2014

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An estimated 1 million dogs roam Costa Rica's cities and towns, and sculptor Francisco Munguía calls attention to their plight. His steel sculpture on the pedestrian boulevard next to the Central Market is a monument to San José's zaguates ("mutts" in Costa Rican Spanish), and the models for the painted caricatures were 6 of the 23 dogs Munguía and his wife Deborah have rescued over the years. The artist's goal is for Bobi, Ewok, Oso, Pauleta, Shampú, and Tábata—those are the animals' names—to encourage residents to adopt a dog of their own.

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Avda. Central, Cs.6–8, San José, 10102, Costa Rica

Updated 04/10/2014


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