MONUMENT TO THE AVIATOR JOAQUIN LORIGA

 

 Lalín, Pontevedra.

1933

Granite and bronze

Monument financed by public subscription to the death in tragic accident to the aviator Joaquín Loriga. Before the latter's death had created a committee with the intention of to collect funds to give to him an airplane; then of the tragic news of his death is decided that the funds are invested in the commemorative monument.

Asorey uses the schematic for a strong symbolism. The straight lines of the plane, with the front into the ground, are forming a cross. The
figure of the aviator wears a simple garment of mechanic, the author wants to stand out the anatomy and not to distract with superfluous forms. In
these cases Asorey does the sketch of the nude figure, and later dress to him with simplicity, focusing on substantial forms. In the hands have the gloves and the airscrew, again other straight vertical, which provides symmetry to the figure (this resource will used by the author in other works). The face and hands, quiet and relaxing, are in bronze.

The wings are decorated with reliefs alluding to the feat of Loriga: his trip to Oceania. The blocks of base have reliefs of the allegories of Spain and the Philippines in rapid flight and almost touching hands.

The monument was inaugurated on August 27, 1933. Attended numerous civil, military and ecclesiastical authorities, the Civil Guard, Government representatives and almost all the bosses and officers of Aviation of Spain.

It had a enormous attendance of people, calculated more the 1.000 buses and private cars. Besides 36 military aircraft (27 of them from Madrid) and two civilian planes overflew the monument throwing roses at the time it was discovered.