Our Silences and precious freedom of speech.

Sculptures on display on San Diego's Embarcadero near Tuna Harbor.
Sculptures on display on San Diego’s Embarcadero near Tuna Harbor.

My walk early this morning took me down to Ruocco Park, just north of Seaport Village. I wanted to check out something I saw on the news that looked really interesting.

Few people were about. Sunrise was slowly brightening the sky. Ten imposing human-like sculptures rose before me. As I approached, the figures loomed larger, silent, heavy-lidded, facing the fishing boats in Tuna Harbor, and a handful of joggers passing by.

This temporary installation of public art opened yesterday to the public. Our Silences, created by Mexican sculptor Rivelino, is composed of a row of ten massive bronze figures, whose mouths are shut and silenced with a metal plate. The object of the art is to provoke thought, feeling and discussion about freedom of speech. One wonders if the small prison-like black box nearby contains a political prisoner, or someone’s trembling, innermost thoughts. This very jolting artistic statement is on display for the first time in the United States. It will remain in San Diego through March 15.

Our Silences, by Mexican artist Rivelino, concerns freedom of speech.
Our Silences, by Mexican artist Rivelino, concerns freedom of speech.
People walk past provocative public art as day dawns near Seaport Village.
People walk past provocative public art as day dawns near Seaport Village.
This black cube appears to be an oppressive prison cell.
This harsh black cube appears to be an oppressive prison cell.
The black steel box might contain someone who would like to speak.
The steel box might contain someone who would like to speak.
Interesting, abstract designs on backs of the human-like sculptures.
Mysterious abstract designs on backs of the human-like sculptures.
Here comes the sun and another day of freedom on San Diego's waterfront.
Here comes the sun and another day of freedom on San Diego’s waterfront.
Walking past artwork that reminds us of liberty's gift.
Walking past artwork that reminds us of liberty’s precious gift.

Here’s a pic I took after a sign explaining Our Silences was installed nearby…

Sign explains Our Silences, now in San Diego.
Sign explains Our Silences, now in San Diego. (Click to enlarge.)

Where will I walk next? Life is an adventure!

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Richard Schulte

Downtown San Diego has been my home for many years. My online activities reflect my love for writing, blogging, walking and photography.

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