Created by Silverio Rivas in 1991, the Puerta del Atlántico is tipped as his most accomplished work.
Emotional homage to emigrants.
Easily the most famous of his many creations, this sculpture pays homage to the Galicians who emigrated to America during the past century in search of a new life. In the form of an arch with two additional central features, this popular symbol of the city is carved in pink granite from town of Porriño in Pontevedra. Its impressive dimensions, at fourteen metres high and weighing a hefty 427 tonnes, are testament to the robustness of this structure, which stands in the Plaza de América at the end of the Gran Vía. Installed in 1991, fans of Celta de Vigo, the city's top football club, have adopted the monument as the site of their match-day celebrations.