What Statue Has the Right Name but the Wrong Face?

The Ecuadorian poet Jose Olmedo was born in 1780 in the city of Guayaquil. Sometime after Olmedo’s death, a statue was erected in a plaza in Guayaquil to honor him.

You would expect that a statue in honor of Jose Olmedo would depict Olmedo himself, wouldn’t you? But the Guayaquil statue actually depicts the English poet Lord Byron!

The people who erected the statue to Olmedo could not afford to hire an artist to construct a special statue. Instead, they bought a statue of Lord Byron that had been found in a London junk shop and set it up in Guayaquil bearing Olmedo’s name!

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Karen Hill is a freelance writer, editor, and columnist. Born in New York, her work has appeared in the Examiner, Yahoo News, Buzzfeed, among others.

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