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San José, Costa Rica, Wednesday, April 23, 2014, Vol. 14, No. 79
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Hand grenade turns up in soil
along country's northern border


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The northern zone continues to yield war materiel.  In the community of Pavón in the canton of Los Chiles the item that police confronted Monday afternoon was a hand grenade.

Officers are not sure if the grenade is a leftover from the Nicaraguan civil war or if it had been dropped more recently.

Police said they were alerted by an agricultural worker who saw the grenade half buried in the soil. The location was near the border with Nicaragua.

After years of effort, that area was declared free of land mines in 2002. Costa Ricans cleared the area under a program run by the Organization of American States. That program includes other Central American countries that were involved in the 15-year Nicaragua war.

Police identified the hand grenade as an M-67 variety, one of the newer models that post-dates World War II.  It did not appear to have any of the colors that would designate it as a practice grenade.

The expert officer who defused the device was not named. He simply detached the lever device that ignites a four- to five-second fuse within the cavity of the grenade.

The level is the part that can be seen flying off a grenade when it is thrown in a movie scene.
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Police officer pulls the fuse on the grenade.


Art museum to feature renowned artist's pre-Columbian representations
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

As one of the most highly regarded artists in Costa Rican history, Francisco Zúñiga's masterpieces have long been admired throughout his home country. Now the Museo de Arte Costarricense is bringing his artwork featuring pre-Columbian  ceramics to its temporary exhibit hall.

Forty-four ornate watercolor laminates and seven ink portraits make up the collection of his ceramic designs. After an inauguration ceremony on the night of April 30, the display will be featured from May 2 until Sept. 28.

Zúñiga was born in Guadalupe in 1912 but spent much of his life in Mexico and became a Mexican citizen. In his 20s he sculpted one of his most well-known Costa Rican works in “Maternidad,” which now resides at the Hospital Nacional de las Mujeres. Before his death in 1998 he received a variety of awards and had his work shown in revered museums around the world, including a permanent housing in some like New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Both a sculptor and a painter, the decorated career of Zúñiga is noted for its works that focus mainly on the human body and its many forms. Still his disciplines and styles varied as he worked with everything from chalk to bronze in putting together his art. He won first prize from Costa Rica's Salón de Escultura in 1935 for his work on “Maternidad” before relocating to Mexico where he became internationally recognized.

Today his bearded bust can be seen on display outside of Teatro Nacional downtown.

The museum will also have an exhibit showing Costa Rican artwork from the 19th and 20th centuries consisting of 83 pieces. This collection is aimed to focus on historical dialogue between the
artwork
An example of the artwork
featuring pre-Columbian designs

diverse groups that have inhabited Costa Rica.

As always, the Museo de Arte Costarricense is free to the public and open from Tuesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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