The first statue placed in Granada capital dedicated to Federico García Lorca, almost seventy years after his assassination, is installed in the boulevard of the Avenida de la Constitución and is part of a series of ten sculptures dedicated to historical figures of Granada.
The figure of Lorca, of real proportions, is the work of the artist José Antonio Corredor and shows the poet sitting on a bench, with his legs crossed, his hands intertwined and his gaze straight ahead.
The choice of Lorca and the rest of those honored in the sculptures was made by popular vote.
The writer’s violent death and the family’s reluctance to authorize a tribute during Franco’s dictatorship delayed the placement in the capital of any monument recognizing the leading writer born in Granada in the 20th century. The first monument to Federico in the province after the dictatorship was placed in Fuente Vaqueros on June 5, 1980 and is the work of Cayetano Aníbal.
The thorough renovation of the Avenida de la Constitución boulevard, undertaken by the Granada City Council starting in 2008, ended in 2010 with the opening of a permanent exhibition of sculptures dedicated to the personalities of Granada. The choice of the honorees was made by popular vote. Along with Federico García Lorca other statues were placed for Eugenia de Montijo, San Juan de la Cruz, Elena Martín Vivaldi, Manuel de Falla, Manuel Benítez Carrasco, Pedro Antonio de Alarcón, Salvador Sánchez, Frascuelo, María la Canastera and Gonzalo Fernández de Córdoba, The Great Captain. The authors are, in addition to the aforementioned Broker, Miguel Moreno Romera, José Antonio Castro, Miguel Barranco and Ramiro Megías.
The sculptures of the Avenida de la Constitución, as well as others installed in different parts of the city, were paid for with contributions from the builders of Granada.
In January 2012, one of the feet of the sculpture of Lorca had to be replaced after the original one was amputated. The city council ruled out that it was an act of hooliganism.