Fidel Castro's 'Deathbed Portrait' Slated for Deconstruction in Miami

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Original Plans For Central Park Unveiling Reconsidered

MIAMI, Fla. - Nov. 6 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- Plans for an unveiling in New York's Central Park of Fidel Castro on his 'deathbed' have instead turned into plans for the deconstruction of his effigy in Miami, where he will be prematurely laid to rest. Capla Kesting Fine Arts announces the unveiling of "Fidel Castro's Deathbed Portrait" has been reconsidered by the artist, courtesy of the Miami FM morning show El Traketeo on WRTO 98.3 who protested the sculpture and arranged for the artist to come to their studio to hear the testimonies from several dozen Cuban exiles.

Send2Press photowireA ceremony for deconstruction of Castro's Deathbed Portrait will take place in Miami, November 8th at a time and location designated by WRTO.

Rumors about a continuation of plans regarding the Central Park event existed, though the gallery who represents the artist confirms those plans have been dissolved.

*(Photo Caption: The colossal scaled clay model for "Fidel Castro's Deathbed Portrait" by Daniel Edwards, slated for deconstruction in Miami November 8th.)

"We had acquired a permit for the original event and considered using it for the opportunity to lay a wreath for Jose Marti at the base of the monument for him," said gallery director David Kesting, "But it was decided that would cause too much confusion. We want to show our support for Daniel Edwards's decision to cancel his Park unveiling."

After hearing hours of face to face testimony from Cuban people who have suffered under Castro, Edwards said on the air at WRTO, "I'm only sorry I wasn't aware of all that pain before my project started. After hearing all these painful accounts, in good conscience, as a friend of the Cuban-American communities, I cannot show the sculpture in Central Park."

For more information contact Capla Kesting Fine Arts at 917-650-3760, or visit online at

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