PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram Visit the TPC Store
Search the site

 

Advertisement

PaintSquare


Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Spain Denies Lion New Loins

Thursday, July 3, 2014

More items for Program/Project Management
More items from Europe

Comment | More

Worried about corrosion, Spanish officials have sacked a petition to add testicles to a bronze lion statue in front of the country's Parliament building in Madrid.

Two lion statues, named for Spanish soldiers Daoíz and Velarde, have guarded the government building for 142 years. Somehow, though, the fact that only Velarde is appropriately endowed was  discovered only within the last few years.

No one seems to know exactly when Daoíz's manhood went missing, or if it was ever there to begin with.

Plan Rejected

In any case, a campaign to replace Daoíz's testicles was launched in August 2012 by Carolina Godayol, who heads Spain's History Channel.

Spanish Parliament lion statues
arbroath.blogspot.com

Government officials worried that adding testicles made from a different material than the 142-year-old statue could have "harmful effects," including corrosion.

Godayol investigated why Daoíz was lacking the attributes accorded to Velarde, and said she found no "artistic, historical or biological reason" to justify the absent parts.

The TV station even offered to pay for the installation.

However, the proposal was officially shut down Sunday (June 29), when Spain's government said that adding the appendages could have potentially "harmful effects" to the original sculpture.

Mixed Metal Concerns

Godayol's plea was reviewed by José Ignacio Wert, Minister of Education, Culture and Sports. He said that corrosion concerns nixed any hope of Daoíz reclaiming his lionhood.

Specifically, Wert cited issues that could arise from having different materials on the statue.

"This is particularly serious in the case of metal sculptures, as the diverse composition of the parties can cause the effect of galvanic cell, leading to corrosion deterioration, Wert said, according to a translation of his response obtained by Europa Press.

The History Channel could not get the lion its missing component, but the station's TV campaign won a prize at the 2013 Latin American Advertising Festival.

And producing the same material to make the addition would pretty much be impossible. The statues were created from melted bronze taken from cannons captured during the 1860 Wad-Ras Battle in the Spanish  Moroccan War.

No Proof of Previous Parts

The lion's castration was most likely "factory defect," according to Wert, who noted that images from the Library of Historical Heritage dating to the 1950s show the statue without testicles. The lion statues have stood in front of the building since 1872 and were restored in 1985.

Additionally, the lions have been a designated asset of cultural interest since 1977, which places them under the Spanish Historical Heritage Act, said Wert. The act states that such assets should "be preserved, maintained and guarded by their owners."

He also noted that current conservation criteria would discourage the addition, because there is insufficient evidence to prove whether or not the part was always missing. Moreover, if testicles were added now, part of the statue's history would be "hidden with reintegration."

Although the History Channel's proposal was ultimately shot down, the station won a prize at the 2013 Latin American Advertising Festival "El Sol" for its TV campaign, according to TheLocal.es.

   

Tagged categories: Corrosion; Government; Historic Preservation; Metals; Monuments

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
SAFE Systems'
Blast Lights &
Deadman Switches
 
Halogen or LED blast lights available with our NEW urethane bumper. Switches available in many colors for color coding your hoses.
 

 
Strategic Materials Inc.
 
www.truabrasives.com
 
TruAbrasives™, a clean crushed glass abrasive superior to other abrasives for performance, health, and environmental benefits.
 

 
Absolute Equipment/Grand Rental Station
 
TIER 4 EQUIPMENT
 
We have Tier 4 Equipment including Air Compressors & Generators for Sale & Rent! Your job may now require Tier-4. www.absoluteequip.com or Call 412-931-6655.
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Corporation, Dustless Coatings Removal
 
Strip, clean and profile all dust free! Comply with new lead standards. Contact today: (866) 563-7800
 

 
Tnemec Company, Inc.
 
Online Coating Courses from Tnemec
 
For decades, Tnemec has offered its expertise to clients presenting face-to-face coatings courses. Now, these presentations are available to anyone for CEUs at Tnemec University.
 

 
Termarust Technologies
 
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion
 
Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.
 

 
CHLOR*RID International Inc.
 
SOLUTIONS THAT WORK
 
Companies that invest in corrosion control use CHLOR RID products
  • Soluble salt removal liquid
  • Test kits to verify contamination levels
  • Surface passivation to hold the blast
INFO@CHLOR-RID.COM 800.422.3217
 

 
KTA-Tator, Inc. - Corporate Office
 
KTA-TATOR LABORATORY SERVICES
 
• Coating failure analysis
• Independent testing
• Accelerated weathering testing
• Abrasives Testing
• Oil & Gas Material Qualification
• A2LA Certificate #2455.01
Contact: Rob Leggat
at 412-788-1300 x176
 

 
Fischer Technology Inc.
 
NEW Protective Coating Inspection Website
 
Click Here!
 

 
Axxiom Manufacturing
 
Revolutionary Units
 
By integrating Schmidt's Aftercoolers with our blast pots, these systems remove moisture from air and minimize equipment footprint on jobsite.
Call 1-800-231-2085
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 1501 Reedsdale Street, Suite 2008, Pittsburgh, PA 15233

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us