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San Francisco, California: El Rey, Giant Olmec Head

Carved replica of an ancient Olmec head from Mexico is one of four in the United States. Officially named "El Rey," it's nine feet tall and weighs 14 tons.

City College of San Francisco

50 Phelan Ave., San Francisco, CA
City College of San Francisco. The head is located between the Creative Arts Building and the Diego Rivera Theater in the Freda Khalo Garden at the City College of San Francisco campus.
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Giant Olmec Head Replica

The giant Olmec head, "El Rey," San Lorenzo #1 was carved by Ignacio Perez Solano, also know as "il Maestro." The head is an accurate reproduction of the original piece from San Lorenzo in Veracruz, Mexico. The 3,000 year old original basalt head is believed to be a portrait of a ruler from this ancient civilization. The stone originated some 50 miles from where the statue was discovered.

The piece was given to the college in 2004 by then Vera Cruz Governor Miguel Alemán Velazco. It was the first of four such sculptures distributed as gifts in the U.S.

[Phil Pasquini, 12/16/2009]

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