Vicente Fernández statue unveiled in Los Angeles
The work is 3.7 meters high and a replica of the one next to his grave in Mexico
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Located in the center of Plaza La Alameda in Los Angeles County, the statue of Mexican music legend Vicente Fernández is a replica of the one that stands next to his grave at Rancho Los Tres Potrillos in Jalisco, Mexico.
The sculpture, unveiled this weekend by Huntington Park officials, is made of bronze and weighs a total of four tons.
The work was brought piece by piece from Guadalajara to Los Angeles as part of an initiative of the Asociación de Jaliscienses Unidos en Acción (AJUA) and other local groups, according to EFE.
Fernández's widow, María del Refugio Abarca Villaseñor, better known as Doña Cuquita, was present during the opening ceremony and offered a few brief words to all in attendance.
"No matter how much time passes, he will always remain number one," said Doña Cuquita, who also thanked all of the artist's fans who were present at the event.
She also told the media that as long as Fernández's music continues to be heard, he "will never die."
The Los Angeles Times reported that the symbolic unveiling of the statue was part of a series of activities organized by the AJUA that included dance and mariachi performances at the site.