Saturday, April 2, 2011
Rafael Picon works on sculpture of Ponce de Leon
Rafael Picon is in the process of sculpting Ponce De Leon for the 500-Year Anniversary of his landing in Florida. This celebration is to occur in April 2013 at Juan Ponce de Leon Landing at Melbourne Beach, Florida.
A two-year project is underway, lead by the United Third Bridge Inc Royal Order Society of Don Juan Ponce de Leon Historical 500-Year Anniversary Celebration Committee. Samuel C. Lopez a member of the Brevard County Historical Commission and president of the Royal Order Society was present to see the partially completed sculpture. When finished the sculpture will be moved to Melbourne Beach.
This project is undertaken in conjunction with the King and Queen of Spain, Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Spain Foundation 500 Year, Brevard Community College, Chilis Restaurant, Banco Popular NA, and the government of Puerto Rico.
Plans are also underway to build a Spanish multi-cultural research center. Mr. Lopez indicated that the committee welcomes volunteers. The committee meets at the Government Center in Viera. If you would like more information, please contact Samuel Lopez at 321-863-5165 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
On Saturday, April 2, 2011, many attended a celebration of the beginning of this project. For the celebration, Santiago Baeza, Mayor of Santervas, Spain, (Ponce de Leon's hometown in Spain) sent wine named Lunas de Ponce in honor of the occasion.
To read more about Don Juan Ponce de Leon's landing, visit http://www.brevardparks.com/visittheparks/historic/hist_juanponce.php