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Miami Dade College Trustee Armando J. Bucelo Jr. Donates Sculpture to MDC’s Kendall Campus


Miami, February 22, 2008 - Respected Coral Gables attorney and Miami Dade College (MDC) Trustee Armando J. Bucelo Jr. and his family have donated a beautiful work of art to grace Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus. Sagitario (Centauro) is a bronze sculpture with green patina depicting a centaur, the mythological creature that was half human and half horse. The sculpture was dedicated on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Kendall Campus. 

Bucelo is a graduate of MDC’s Kendall Campus, and at the dedication recalled fond memories of his educational experience.

“MDC’s Kendall Campus opened many doors for me.  This is an incredible place.  On behalf of the entire Bucelo family, please accept my humble donation of this beautiful piece.  May the students enjoy this statue as much as I have.”

The sculpture, which sits just outside Building 2, was created by Benjamin Saúl at the National University of El Salvador, using the lost wax method, which means that each piece was individually hand cast. Saúl was born in the Spanish province of Galicia and attended the San Fernando Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Madrid. His various works are on display in Spain, France, India, Italy, China, and Japan.

“We are grateful to the Bucelo family for this donation,” said MDC President Dr. Eduardo Padron. “This work of art will benefit the college and students for years to come.”

This is the tenth sculpture to be dedicated at the Kendall Campus, which has an art gallery, theater and several other cultural venues. In fact, Miami Dade College has been a leader in the arts for nearly five decades having a strong arts presence at each of its eight campuses. Each campus has an art gallery. Most have theaters and other cultural facilities. Miami Dade College’s North Campus is home to the renowned Miami International Sculpture Park which has the largest collection of sculptures at MDC.

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