In Their Memory

Cristóbal Gaviria escogió al hierro como el material de su escultura porque lo ve como una metáfora de una época fría, dolorosa y densa que marcó la historia de Medellín.

Héroes Inocentes is a sculpture by the artist Cristóbal Gaviria, which represents the people who despite being victims of the narcoterrorism attacks between the end of the seventies and middle of the nineties, have not been recognized and remain forgotten.

Héroes Inocentes is comprised of six human figures. Three of them are negative and symbolize the people who died in the narcoterrorism war and the other three are positive and represent those who survived. These last figures pass through an archway, which symbolizes the hope of passing to a better situation.

For the artist, all of those who are on the other side of this archway have the mission to build a memory and create a better present, with solid foundations that distance them from what they experienced more than two decades ago.

Art as Construction

The emptiness of those who are not here; an arch that divides history and those who survived.” is written on the sculpture’s plaque.

For Gaviria, art is one of the pieces needed for the construction of this account to tell the new generations and to remind the past generations of the events that occurred in the drug traffickers’ war against the state, which left hundreds of victims.

With art, Colombia will have a second opportunity to remember and recognize the bravery and tenacity of all those who died in their struggle to stop corruption from penetrating all spheres of society.

Who is Cristóbal Gaviria?

The artistic career of Cristóbal Gaviria, better known as Gavi, has been marked by his sensitivity. Some of his artwork can be found in Bogotá, Miami, Costa Rica, Europe and Canada.

The most famous pieces include Jaque, which is in Nariño Palace in Bogotá and pays tribute to Operation Jaque, in which the Colombian government rescued 15 people who had been kidnapped by the FARC guerrilla. The Addison Mizner sculpture is located in Boca Raton, Florida (USA), a tribute to the pioneer and founder of this city. In September 2015, his artwork called Christ was given to Pope Francis during the Festival of Families in Philadelphia.