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OAS and Chile Rededicate Bust of Gabriela Mistral at the Organization’s Headquarters in Washington, DC

  January 31, 2014

The Organization of American States (OAS) and the Permanent Mission of Chile to the body today rededicated the bust of the Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral in the gardens of the headquarters of the hemispheric Organization in Washington, DC.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, spoke about the public and literary life of Mistral and expressed gratitude for the “heartfelt tribute paid to the first great poet of Chile." In reviewing Mistral’s career, he recalled that she "built a beautiful life full of accomplishments, dearly loved her country and all of the Americas, and left a very illustrious legacy."

The leader of the hemispheric institution expressed his satisfaction at having two of the Nobel Laureates for literature and great personalities of Chilean culture (Mistral and Pablo Neruda) represented in the garden of the historic OAS building, along with other Latin American heroes and cultural and political leaders.

In his speech, the Permanent Representative of Chile to the OAS, Ambassador Dario Paya, recalled the work and legacy of the poet and Nobel Prize Winner for Literature and said "that all her work is soaked in a vital mercy that doesn’t quite become rebellion or doctrine, but goes beyond the limits of charity."

The ceremony also inaugurated a "Bench of Poets" located by the bust of Mistral, which in the words of Ambassador Paya "is an invitation to the thousands of men and women from all latitudes that are daily visiting this city to approach our women and men of letters. And it is an invitation to the OAS to open the paths that bring these remarkable men and women to the city and to develop this privileged corner of culture to its fullest potential."

The work that was rededicated today was produced by sculptor Hector Román, with the support of the Gabriela Mistral Foundation, the National Museum of Fine Arts in Chile and the Chilean Society of Sculptors.

A gallery of photos of the event is available here.

For more information, please visit the OAS Website at

Reference: E-028/14