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VICTI-MAS DE PANELA.  Sculpture - Museum Project

The VICTI-MAS DE PANELA (VICTI-MORE OF PANELA) project, is a Sculpture-Museum, to show the memories of the conflict events and the violence experienced in the municipality of La Peña and the Gualiva region in Colombia. This purpose will facilitate a catharsis of healing of the pain for all the victims in Colombia and the world.

The sculpture will have a space dimension of 20 more x 12.50 meters in La Plazuela park, whose dimensions are 14 long x 4.5 wide x 7 meters high, to invite society to begin to get rid of the culture of war.

The project was approved by the mayor of La Peña Luis Angel Farfan and the Governor of Cundinamarca Nicolas Garcia Bustos.

3D rendering plans and construction by Metaformas, Arte y Escenografia.

INAIA SUE  Sculpture - Monument

Tenjo Cultural Center. Municipality of Tenjo Cundinamarca Colombia. 2017 - 2018

The INAIA SUE Sculpture - Monument is dedicated in the first instance to the memory of Leonardo Tibaquirá, as well as to the entire group of people from the Inaia Sue housing complex, who were threatened, attacked, and displaced, becoming

in victims of the State; events that occurred in the municipality of Tenjo in Cundinamarca, Colombia.

The monument sculpture has a pyramidal shape to enhance, magnify and connect memory and energy with the universe. This pyramid sits in a garden, which represents the life that is still active and thus highlights the profession that this young person developed in the Inaia Sue residential complex. On each side, this side is carved the figure of the mother, father, and son who left.

This criminal act was committed on November 16, 1997. The monument was made to comply with the ruling of the Supreme Court in which it is ordered to ask for forgiveness and measures of satisfaction and non-repetition by the Colombian State for its responsibility for the events that occurred that November 16, which led to the murder of Leonardo Tibaquira, as well as the displacement of the Inaia Sue Community.

In ancient times the pyramids were made to be a tomb or also to pay homage to a deity, through the triangular shape in which they join in the same vertex towards the sky.


ARMED OF DE LIGHT, is a series of new weapons that lose their objective of annihilating lives, and in return give light, to illuminate the darkness that brings the hopelessness and pain of the conflict.
Weapons that pose to the human being the need not to kill the other, his habitat and himself.
ALVARO GARCIA ORDONEZ. Florida, September 2017. New York, Spring 2019


PANELA is a natural sweet extracted from sugar cane, of traditional use, and is part of the food culture of Colombia and other countries. WEAPONS IN PANELA represents the cure for the pain inherited from the long conflict in Colombia.

The reason why panela is used is that it has special characteristics that allow it to be proposed as a means to reflect and achieve the desired peace in Colombia: 1. PANELA is used to heal wounds because it removes the infection and heals the wound without leaving traces. Of this, I myself witness with my own body. 2. It is also consumed to obtain body energy, and is used by athletes in competitions, especially in cycling. It was Lucho Herrera who gave him fame by consuming it in the European races 1982-1992, including the most famous: The Tour de France. 3. It is also consumed as a hot tea on a regular basis, adding lemon to counteract the discomfort of the flu.

In this way, we want to involve society to heal itself through panela as a therapeutic motivator. Collective meetings are proposed where actors of the conflict, civil society, and their victims participate to drink the “agua de panela” made with panela weapons.

These weapons, as well as the sculpture "VICTIMS OF PANELA", act as healing symbols and healers of hatred, pain, anger and hopes that still haunt us every day, to see a country that is consumed in its own entrenched corruption.

These WEAPONS are also the recognition of the great effort that is made in "La Molienda" to make panela, to which is added the poor value in which the peasants are forced to sell it to greedy intermediaries. This is a process in which the family and experts participate in carrying out each step that this great feat entails.

Even with such a low value, my family managed to get us to study at the National University of Colombia, where 5 of the 7 siblings came from. We were sustained during the studies with panela. We dedicate this work to panela, a symbol of effort, determination, and courage, which helps to generate real value that helps the families of my town La Peña, the Gualiva region, and the country to live a better and happier life.


ANTI-MINES is a proposal developed in different techniques on the theme of “antipersonnel mines”: a harmful strategy of defense and attack in war.

Colombia was for several years before the peace process a world power in the sowing of anti-personnel mines and being the country with the most mines sown in the world after Afghanistan. The idea was to draw attention to this serious problem in which not only soldiers and combatants from the sides opposed to the government but also civilians lose limbs or life. These mines were imported from the factories of the United States and Belgium or other countries to fill the fields and remote areas throughout the territory, to generating fear, anxiety, and numerous victims like children.

The first proposal was the form of crutches, one sad consecutive exploited land mine made with recycled wood. Crutches-shaped sculptures, buried in the earth, as if they were spirits emerging, walking and migrating from their own fear.

Is the fear of myself.


In consequence, I used other variations like press photos about the victims with prostheses. These photos were submerged in water and drowned in the anguish of loss, in an attempt to cure the pain.

Sound and a projection of running water are reflected on the floor. People passed under the projection to bathe and heal.


Other variant was based on the legend of "El Dorado". This legend tells that the Aboriginal Muíscas performed ceremonies dedicated to WATER in which gold was offered, in the lagoon of Guatavita, province of Cundinamarca. This was a reason for the Spaniards to dedicate big efforts to find these treasures, which until today have not been found because apparently, the lagoon has no bottom. The gold raft significant in the abundance of abundance.

Then my Golden Raft is made of crutches in wood or rusty and welded iron denouncing the other abundance; of buried treasures that explode when touched; they are gifts of pain.

"ARMY OF SOULS" a large wooden raft floated in the waters of the Hudson River in New York and traveled to find her same shore.


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Alvaro Garcia Ordonez

New York, primavera 2020

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