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Monument to the Flags

Foto: Caio Pimenta/ SPTuris

Commissioned by the government of São Paulo in 1921, the Monument to the Flags also known as Push – Push or Leave -Who- I – I push, located in Armando Salles de Oliveira Square in front of the Government Palace and the Ibirapuera Park, is the pioneers who paved the country, such as Portuguese, blacks, Indians and Mamluks, pulling a monsoon canoe, used in river expeditions.

The work, has about 11 meters of total height by 8.40 meters wide and 43.80 meters deep, all made in granite. From left to right, ahead 2 men riding horses side by side, Behind them, there is a group of men pulling a canoe, which is also pushed from behind by a few more men. Above, a very blue sky without clouds.

Monumento às Bandeiras. Foto: José Cordeiro/SPTuris

The work, which was performed by Victor Brecheret, has 240 granite blocks, weighing 50 tons each, 50 m long and 16 m high. The monument was inaugurated in 1954, along with the Ibirapuera Park, in celebration of the fourth centenary of the city of São Paulo.

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