José Celestino Mutis

The illustrious and distinguished Cadiz-born José Celestino Mutis y Bosio, priest, botanist, geographer, mathematician, physician and one of the most outstanding and relevant initiators of scientific knowledge in America. He carried out numerous Botanical studies in the New Kingdom of Granada, a territory occupied today by Colombia.

The monument was inaugurated in 1932, by the first municipal corporation of the Second Republic, as indicated on the pedestal of the monument, on the occasion of the second centenary of his birth. It was thought that the best place to put it would be precisely between plants, since these had always been his passion. The idea was accepted and, therefore, is located in a flowerbed within the central walk of the Park. It consists of a small pedestal with its bust, carved in marble by the Cadiz-born artist José Gargallo. Underneath it there is a tombstone, also made out of marble, which simulates having been fastened with four nails and that says:

TO THE GREAT CADIZ-BORN BOTANIST CELESTINO MUTIS. “ Nomen inmortale quod nulla ætas nunquam delebit” (Linneo)* THE FIRST GOVERNMENT OF THE SECOND REPUBLIC. 6 APRIL 1932