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Casting of Che's Statue in Argentina Begins

Buenos Aires (Argentina)- The creator of the first monument to Ernesto Che Guevara in Argentina, Andres Zerneri, confirmed on Tuesday that the plaster mold and bronze collected for that purpose will be taken to the foundry on Thursday.

The self-taught artist told Prensa Latina that it would be a very important day, because it marks the beginning of a four-month process to prepare the molds to cast the statue.

More than two years ago, Zerneri let his imagination fly on a way to pay tribute to the Heroic Guerrilla Fighter, born in Argentina in 1928 and murdered in Bolivia in 1967, and called people to contribute to the statue.

That way, he launched a campaign to collect keys and small bronze objects voluntarily donated. He also carried out a survey for contributors to choose the place where the monument will be erected.

Over the past two years, 14,454 people from all over the world have contributed more than 3,000 kilograms of bronze to cast the four-meter-tall statue, which will be erected in Rosario, Che's birthplace.

Visibly excited, Zerneri invited everyone to visit his workshop in the neighborhood of Palermo Viejo on Thursday and to take photo and video cameras to capture images of that moment.

After the statue is cast, a popular caravan will be organized to carry it to Rosario, more than 186 miles from Buenos Aires, where it will be unveiled on June 14, 2008, on Che's 80th birthday.

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