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Public Statues and Sculpture Association

Dolores Ibarruri

Photo: Ciaran Roarty Wikimedia Commons

Sculptor: Arthur Dooley (1929-1994)

Materials: Scrap iron and fibreglass

Erected: December 1979

Dolores Ibarruri

Dolores Ibarruri (1895-1989),  activist, who fought for the Republican cause against Franco in the Spanish Civil War 1936-39. She was known as ‘La Pasionaria’, (the Passionflower). Commissioned by the International Brigade Association of Scotland as a memorial to the 2,100 British volunteers who fought for the Republican cause in the Spanish Civil War. The memorial has an inscription dedicated to the 534 volunteers who died, 65 of whom were from Glasgow. The plinth bears Ibarruri’s slogan ‘better to die on your feet than live forever on your knees.’ Erected in 1979, the statue was created from scrap iron and fibreglass and fell into disrepair, it was restored in 2010.

Location: On the banks of the Clyde between Jamaica Street and Howard Street, Glasgow, Scotland.