Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Wednesday search challenge (8/1/12): Where was the sculptor born?

Michelle Recart recently competed in a sporting event as a huasa, half of a collera, the first to do so since the rules were changed in 2010 to allow women to compete.  (And no, those words aren’t typos…) 

Her appearance was notable because the sport has a long-standing tradition of being exclusively male.  All of the sport’s heros are men, and until Michelle Recart started competing, all of the competitors were male.  

And yet, interestingly enough, the only statue raised to this sport’s greatest hero, winner of most championships since the sport began, was sculpted by a woman. 

Question for today:  Where was she (the woman who made the sculpture) born? 

Extra credit:  Where is this sculpture located (what city)?  
                            And when was this sculpture unveiled? 

As usual, please let us know how long you took to answer the question, and what search/research methods you used to find it! 

Search on! 

Image credit:  Wikipedia, 1940


  1. Syria, Curicó, 1997.

    I googled the name to find the sport, read wikipedia in en and es (which didn't help much), used the image above to see if that helped, eventually found the names of the winningest pair and googled an image search until I found the sculpture, and used its name and city to find the sculptor's info.

    Thanks Dan!

  2. The sculptress is Graciela Albridi, born in Syria. The statue is in Curico, and was unveiled on August 19, 2006.

    It took about 20 minutes to find all the above -- the unveiling taking the longest.

    I started by doing a search for [collera huasa sport] and found a Wikipedia article naming Ramon Cardemil as the most accomplished rider.

    I then did a separate search on his name, using images and found the statue with a link to the artist. Google translate told me the piece was to be finished the end of June 2006.

    I then did a search on the artist, found where she was born and where the piece was located.

    Now I can't remember how I found the unveiling date, but it didn't appear on the first page and required using google translate again.

  3. Syria (Graciela Albridi)
    Curicó, Chile - 2006
    looked for definitions of huasa and collera, found they were part of Chilean rodeo > looked up champions, found Ramón Cardemil Moraga & Juan Carlos Loaiza > looked up sculpture to Ramón Cardemil Moraga & found Albridi site, used Google translate for hometown info > this site for unveil date: about 20 minutes for everything.
    Graciela Albridi, The Catch-"Monument to Chilean Rodeo"
    Curicó unveil

  4. the sculptress, Graciela Albridi, was born in Syria to Chilean parents. The sculpture of the most famous Chilean Rodeo rider Ramón Cardemil Moraga, called "La Atajada", is located in Cuciro, where he was born. The sculpture was unveiled in March 2006.

    Steps: searched meaning of spanish words, found "chilean rodeo", wikipedia'd "chilean rodeo", found Cardemil, image searched "cardemil escultura", found name of artist, googled artist name and found her site. Read it in spanish, but of course Google would've translated it for me ...
    Time used (i.e. wasted at work): 15 minutes

  5. Graciela Albridi was born in Syria. The statue is in Curicó, Chile. Based on the datestamp on the photo on this page: it looks like it was unveiled on 19 August, 2006.

    It took me about 15 minutes to find the answers. I used Wikipedia (in English and Spanish (with the help of Google Translate) to find out about the Chilean Rodeo and that the sculpture was likely of Ramón Cardemil Moraga, I was able to find an image of the sculpture, and used Google Image Search to find the artist & her website.

  6. Monument is "Monumento al Rodeo Chileno" by Graciela Albridi located in Curicó Chile, unveiled in 2006. Artist was born in Syria and I'll guess Damascus. About 20 minutes.

  7. The woman who made the sculpture was Graciela Albridi Cifuentes. She was born in Syria.
    The sculpture is called "La Atajada" and it is located in Curicó, Chile. It was unveiled in 2006.

    This was a great question! Thank you! I'm not sure how long it took me because I would get sidetracked by interesting information and surf off on a tangent. Probably about 20 minutes. The questions required that I surf Spanish language sites.

  8. It looks like the Rodeo star is Ramón Cardemil and his monument was sculpted by a lady named Graciela Albridi in 2006.
    She was born Jul 1st, 1964 in Damascus, Syria.

    The Sculpture itself is in Curicó, Chile and was finished in 2006.

    Man! Searching entirely in a different language is pretty tough! I was able to figure this one out through a series of google translated pages. The Spanish Wikipedia is what really helped.
    Once I found the sculptor, I was able to find her personal website, then translate that and get the information.

    Thanks for another fun search!

  9. First a search on huasa & collera to determine that the sport in question is Chilean rodeo. A Wikipedia page about the sport identified Ramón Cardemil and Juan Carlos Loaiza as the riders having won the most national titles. A search of each name with ‘statue’ found that a statue of Cardemil had been installed in Curicó in 2006. This same article also identified the artist as Graciela Albridi. A search for the artist brought up her webpage, and using the translation tool I was able to figure out that she was born in Syria. Less than 10 minutes.

  10. [huasa collera] quickly tells me that the sport in question is Rodeo.
    [chilean rodeo most championships] led me to a Wikipedia page on "National Championship of Chilean Rodeo", which lists two riders who both have 7 championships. Both have Wikipedia articles, and after perusing both I learned that [Ramón Cardemil] is considered one of the greatest heroes of the sport.

    [Ramón Cardemil statue] didn't turn up very much at first glance, but [Ramón Cardemil monument] worked well. I found a biography of him online telling that a monument was erected in 2006 by Graciela Albridi in the city of Curicó.

    [Graciela Albridi] leads me directly to the artist's webpage, and her biography there says she was born in Syria.

    Overall I thought this was a straightforward search challenge. Total search time was about 10 minutes.

  11. Answers: Graciela Albridi was born in Syria

    Extra Credit: The sculpture is located in Curico, Chile; it was erected in 2006.


    [ huasa collera sport ] lead to the Wikipedia page for "Chilean rodeo". The second paragraph of the article identifies the "greatest rider in the sport's history" as Ramón Cardemil.

    The Spanish-language Wikipedia page for Ramón Cardemil ( ) identifies the artist (Graciela Albridi), the year the sculpture was erected (2006), and the city in which it is located (Curico).

    A search on [ Graciela Albridi ] turned up a link to her home page at Clicking on the "La Artista" link on her home page and then allowing Google Translate to convert the resulting page's contents to English reveals the country of her birth (Syria).

    Time: 10 minutes

  12. Do people just post answers? Or is that spoiling?
    Most championships was the key for me and google translate helped a lot.
    Total about ten minutes a lot of that was sidetrack reading though.

  13. Syria
    2003 (not sure about this)

    Search Engines: Google, Google Cl, Google Translate, Google Image, Wikipedia

    Search Terms (in order): Michelle Recart, Chilean Rodeo, Ramón Cardemil, La Atajada, La Atajada Rodeo Curicó

    Sites visited:

    Time taken: around 19 minutes

  14. Ah - moderated comments Now I get it :-)
    Graciela Albridi was born in Syria, the statue is in Curico and was inaugerated in 2006 (is that the same as unveiled?)

  15. I began searching for [ huasa ] and [ collera ] to find out what they meant. I'm glad you put in the post that there were no typos because Google wanted to correct the spelling of huasa.

    I also searched for [ "Michelle Recart" ] to learn she was the first woman to reach the final of the National Championship Rodeo in Chile.

    Learning that the terms were Chilean rodeo terms, I began searching for statues in Chile. [ Chile horse huasa rider ] and a lot of variations kept giving a statue of a famous Chilean on a horse named Huasa. It was for jumping the highest and not what I wanted.

    Went back to your wording and refocused on your words "winner of most championships"

    Search [ Chilean rodeo "most championships" ] in translated pages gave me "Appendix: Statistics of the National Rodeo Championship - Wikipedia"

    Great except two riders are listed as having seven titles.

    Searched for [ "Cardemil Ramon" statue ] and [ "Juan Carlos Loaiza" statue ]

    Scanning the results for Ramon, I didn't see anything worth following through. Surprise! The second search for Loaiza had a first result to an entry about Ramon and a monument.

    This page Gave me the answer to the EXTRA CREDIT
    "The year 2006 rose to a monument in honor to this remarkable rider in the city of Curicó " (their writing not mine)

    Then I searched [ "Graciela Albridi" born ] in translated pages to find Where was she (the woman who made the sculpture) born? 

    Syria (to Chilean parents. She moved to Chile in 1986)

    30 minutes

  16. The sculptor, Graciela Albridi Cifuentes, was born in Syria. The sculpture, of Ramon Cardemil and his horse Bellaco, is in Curico, Chile, and appears to have been unveiled on August 19, 2006. This search took me 10-15 minutes. Separate searches on Michelle Recart and huasa and collera lead to Chilean rodeo. The Wikipedia article on the topic led me to Ramon Cardemil, and then various searches on combinations of his name and the word "statue" turned up the statue's location and the artist's name. From that, I was able to find her website, which has biographical information, as well as a dated picture of what appears to be the unveiling of the statue.

  17. From start to name of sculptress: 7 minutes. To end of extra credit: 12 minutes.

    Googled 'huasa collera', found Chilean Rodeo.
    Wikipedia led me to Ramon Cardemil.
    'Ramon Cardemil' in images, found statue, which led to the site ( which gave me Graciela Albridi, the artist.

    Googled to find her homepage, translated to English, read she was born in Syria.

    Googling both names together, english results only, led me to the site ( which informs me that the statue was raised in 2006, and is located in the sector Medialuna de Curico, in the city Curico.

  18. Graciela Albridi was born in Syria.
    The sculpture is located within the area of Crescent Curico.
    It was unveiled in 2006.

    Time: about 15 minutes
    Method: Google then Wikipedia to find out what a huasa was (or in this case huaso). Googled to find out about champions. Ramon Cardemil was mentioned in more than one place. Wikipedia in English had almost nothing about him, but using Google Translate I was able to read the Spanish Wikipedia entry which told me everything except where the sculptor was born. More Googling on the name and translation from Spanish led to her birth city, although the website from which I got the info played fast and loose with gendered pronouns, so it might be a bust.

  19. Graciela Albridi, the city of Curico, Saturday August 19, 2006.
    The monument is called "La Atajada - The Catch"
    5 minutes.

    Google: [huasa collera horses] -> Chilean Rodeo (WikiPedia): The riders with the most victories in the history of the championship are Ramón Cardemil and Juan Carlos Loaiza.

    Seached for Ramón Cardemil in Spanish Wikipedia:

    More on Graciela Albridi:
    and on the monument:

  20. The sport is Chilean rodeo, which I found by Yahoo searching for the two Spanish terms you mentioned; it brought up the Wikipedia entry. It also mentioned that the two greatest champions were Ramón Cardemil and Juan Carlos Loaiza. The latter is still competing and I figured was unlikely to have a statue yet, so I searched on Yahoo and then Google for "Ramón Cardemil" with the word statue.

    That popped up an entry for Cardemil on which mentioned that there was a monument to him in Curicó, Chile, called "The Atajada" and executed by Graciela Albridi Cifuentes. I searched for her name and found her webpage, which stated that she was born in Syria to Chilean parents.

  21. Oh, and it took me 20-25 minutes.

  22. Forgot to mention: Born in Syria

  23. She was born in Syria.

    I googled "huasa", and ended up at the Wikipedia entry for "huaso", which linked me to the entry on Chilean Rodeo. From there I found that the greatest hero was Ramon Cardemil. His Wikipedia entry linked to an obituary, which mentioned a monument in the city of Curicó.

    Googling Curico and the rider's name led me to this tourist info page:, which mentions the name of the artist (Graciela Albridi). Googling her led to a bio (in Spanish) that says she was born in Syria.

  24. Graciela Albridi Cifuentes was born in Syria and unveiled "El Atajada" in Curico, Chile in 1986. ,
    10 minutes.

  25. Born in Syria

    sculpture: Curico, 2006

  26. Answer:Graciela Albridi
    Time: more than 25 min. First I spent a lot of time searching in English but then decided to made my search in Spanish. Also I hadn´t read well the challenge, so I was convinced that the heroe was the man who has won the highest number of competitions, Juan Carlos Loaiza

    1[huaso deporte titulos]-->
    (list of champions)
    2. [Juan Carlos Loaiza estatua](escultura, etc) in Google images---no results
    3. [Ramón Cardemil estatua] Google images: the second is a horseman--->click--->

  27. It took about 30 minutes. I was reading about the sculpture and the artist and had to do a bit of digging and translating as I went. It took a cross reference between Google sites and Yahoo sites with the translation to finish. Nice challenge.
    The artist, Graciela Albridi was born in Syria. Her statue of Ramon Cardemil is located in Curio, Chile.
    Thank you!

  28. August 19, 2006 in Curicó--
    a)["la atajada" inauguracion "ramon cardemil"]
    b)Google Images:
    [ramon cardemil estatua inauguracion]-->then go to the photo with many people in front of the sculpture:

  29. Define:Huasa to find is a Rodeo female in Chile.
    [Mayor ganador de los rodeos] in spanish as Huaso is Chilean. Found Ramón Cardemil.
    [Ramón Cardemil] found monument in his honor made by Graciela Albridi.
    [Graciela Albridi] found she born in Siria then move to Chile.
    Sculpure is called "La Atajada" (The catch)is found in Curicó in Chile and was made in 2006.

    Hope the answer is the right one.

  30. Sorry, I´ve forgot to include the place where she was born.
    One step more (2 min)
    (last result) go to the artist´s webpage ---> la artista (you can use google translator)
    "La escultora Graciela Albridi Cifuentes. Hija de padres chilenos, nacida en Siria,"

    B) if you use "translated foreign pages" Google search tool:
    [Graciela Albridi born]

  31. She was born in Syria.

    The sculpture is located in Curicó, and was unveiled in 2006.

    It took me just under 10 minutes to find.

    First, I looked for more on the huaso, finding its Wikipedia page. From there, found a link to the Chilean rodeo, which listed Ramón Cardemil as one of the most prominent figures.

    I Googled him, and then tried his name and his horse, Bellaco, to find this document which listed his hometown of Curico, Chile:

    From there, I Googled Curico, Chile Moraga statue, which led to this document, sharing the sculptor's name and the unveiling date:

    Then I Googled her name and came to her website:, which, thanks to a quick Google Translate plugin, shares her biographical information under "Artista," which reveals that that, though born of Chilean parents, she was born in Syria.

  32. Pretty straightforward searching this week
    Michelle Recart->Chilean Rodeo->Ramon Cardemil->Ramon Cardemil statue->curico moraga statue->Graciela Albridi (& much help from GTranslate)
    reveals a statue by Syrian-born Albridi, erected in Curico in 2006.
    Slightly less than 10 minutes.

  33. Sculptor: Graciela Albridi
    Born: Syria
    Sculpture: "Monumento al Rodeo Chileno"
    Located in: Curicó, Curicó Province, Chile
    Unveiled: August 8, 2006 (

    Time: about 10 minutes. Started by searching huasa and collera, which led to Chilean rodeo on Wikipedia, which led to Ramon Cardemil, its most successful participant. A Google image search of Cardemil led to an image of Albridi's monumental sculpture. From there, finding Albridi's website with biographical information and info about the location of the sculpture was easy. The date stamp on the photo of the unveiling on Albridi's site gave the date.

    1. I misremembered the datestamp on the photo: Aug. 19, 2006, is correct.

  34. This one took me a bit of time, maybe 20 minutes.

    I started with the search [huasa collero]. In my results was a Wiki page for Chilean rodeo. I noticed both search terms in the blurb, so I investigated. The article mentions two huasos, Ramón Cardemil and Juan Carlos Loaiza, as having the most championships/titles (7 each). From there, I clicked each name, starting with Ramon first.

    His English Wiki page is pretty barren, but his Spanish page has tons of information. After translating the page, I was able to find the information I was looking for:

    Ramon Cardemil had a monument created in his honor in 2006 in the city of Curico. The statue, called "La Atajada" (The Catch), was designed by artist Graciela Albridi. So that is the extra credit answers, but I still needed the MAIN answer.

    Soooo, a quick Google search on Graciela Albridi led me to her website It is there, again after translating, that we find out she was born in Syria.

    Interestingly, though, Cardemil is no longer the all-time champion, as Juan Carlos Loaiza won his 8th title in April of 2012.

  35. Dear Dan,

    My answers:
    - Sculptress: Graciela Albridi Cifuentes
    - Born in Syria
    - Sculpture located in the city of Curico
    - The sculpture was unveiled in 2006
    - Name of sculpture: La Atajada "Monumento al Rodeo Chileno", meaning: the Catch "Monument to Chilean Rodeo"

    This search took me ~40 minutes. Search methods:
    Using a combination of google, wikipaedia and page translation (Spanish to English)
    - Google: define Huasa, then goto Wikipaedia: Huaso
    - Google: Chilean national sport, then goto Wikipaedia: Sport in Chile -> Rodeo -> Ramón Cardemil (& found another 7-times champion Juan Carlos Loaiza, and later excluded because no sculpture for him can be found)
    - Google image search Ramón Cardemil -> found the sculpture
    - Click on individual sculpture image and translate page, eventually found Graciela Albridi home page and then the answers


  36. Hi,

    - Where was she (the woman who made the sculpture) born?

    from full bio on

    - Where is this sculpture located (what city)?


    - And when was this sculpture unveiled?

    On Saturday August 19, 2006

    time took: 20-25 minutes

    - google for "Michelle Recart huasa collera"
    3rd hit which is not the quiz
    google translate confirms that clues are matching from the quiz

    translated sculpture to spanish and searched images for
    "Rodeo chileno escultura"
    but the correct one was a fair bit down from the first
    so it took a while to check each
    finally found
    but it actually did not mention the name of the Sculptress

    searched for similar images of the one on the rodeo page did not bring luck
    so changed strategy and searched for "Don Ramón Cardemil Moraga escultura"
    ended up here
    where I found the sculptress

    than searching for "GRACIELA ALBRIDI" was fairly quick to find out her birth place

    I do not remember how I ended up on anymore ...

  37. Once I hit on Chilean rodeo and found Ramón Cardemil the thread became fairly easy to follow. I used a lot of translated pages and found "The Catch" which gave me the artist's name and eventually her website. Her website had her bio and a photo of the unveiling of the statue clearly dated 18 8 2006.
    In all about 15 minutes. Would have been less if I was better at actually reading Spanish rather than translating.

  38. Apparently Ramon Cardemil does not actually have the most championships in the sport, that title goes to Juan Carlos Loaiza, with 8 championships to Ramon's 7.

    Threw me for a bit of a loop when I was looking for Loaiza's statue and not Cardemil, thought it was strange to make a statute of a living man.

  39. Probably about a 20 min search. Googled Michelle Recart to come up with Chilean Rodeo. Googled Chilean rodeo champions which led to Wikipedia giving me Ramón Cardemil and Juan Carlos Loaiza. Googled them both with the word statue and only Ramon has one, which is in his hometown of Curico. Googled Ramon Cardemil statue sculptor and got Graciela Albridi from page about Ramon. Googled Graciela and got her website which has her birthplace of Syria.

  40. first i looked up what Huasa(o) was, once I found out that information, I used my Spanish to find out a list of Huaso with championships. I go the name of Ramón Cardemil, i google for a picure and I got the picture of the sculpture after that it was easy i went to the website of the picture which gave me the name of the women who made the sculpture and wnet to her website, she was born in Syria. the page of the sculpture gave me the information about its location in Curico.

  41. Etienne Charles was the trumpeter in the August 8 challenge. I searched the unique words in the phrase then found the trumpeter in the listings.