Lorena Ochoa by Octavio González Gutiérrez (2012)

Lorena Ochoa

A recently inaugurated statue is the one honoring Lorena Ochoa, a well-known golfer born in Guadalajara, placed on the Malecon II at the end of Agustín Rodríguez street.

Lorena Ochoa was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco on November 15, 1981, she is now a retired golfer, was a member of the main feminine golf circuit, the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association), she was the top-ranked female golfer in the World for more than 3 years. She was the first Mexican golfer to rank #1 in the World and is therefore considered the best Mexican golfer of all time.

In 2009 she was named Jalisco State's Tourism Ambassador.

Lorena Ochoa

The Mexican sportswoman has now been immortalized in bronze by Octavio Gonzalez Gutierrez, using a technique called lost-wax, a centuries-old casting technique used regularly in Ancient Greece. Octavio Gonzalez is well known in Puerto Vallarta for his sculptures, including the iconic Vallarta Whale, among others.

The sculpture is 6 ft 4'' (203 cm) tall and weighs 350 lb (160 kilos).

It's is located on the Malecon II, right at the end of Agustín Rodríguez street, where there was a sail-like structure in the past.

The tweet Lorena Ochoa sent at the event:

"At the inauguration of my sculpture on the Malecon in Puerto Vallarta, thanks to all"

Lorena Ochoa was very happy when the sculpture was inaugurated and stated that "Puerto Vallarta has always been a very special place for me, that I obviously feel like my home".

She stated that is quite an honor to know that people that visit this beautiful tourist destination may return to their homes with a photo of her statue as a souvenir.

Author: M. A. Gallardo

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