This quintessentially South American bird seen on all national beaches will show you the way to the Pacific Ocean.
The pride of Cali
It was just a matter of time before Cali’s proximity to the coast and its historical relationship with the Pacific Ocean would be reflected in a monument praising these autochthonous values. The choice of subject was very original: a tribute to the María Mulata, the great-tailed grackle, a bird seen on all Colombian beaches. This monument gives due recognition to the country’s diversity of fauna, which is one of the greatest in the world. The statue is made of iron and its main characteristic is its shiny black colour; it is located, how could it be otherwise, on the city’s road out towards the sea, showing travellers the way. It is the work of the fabulous sculptor Enrique Grau, and was inaugurated in 1997. It also represents Cali's links with other cities in the country as similar monuments are found in Cartagena, Medellín and Barranquilla.