MANAGUA — Most people will advise you, on touching down in Managua, to rent a car and drive as fast out of the Nicaraguan capital as you can.
In March, I wrote about Nicaraguan First Lady Rosario Murillo’s massive construction of public art projects as symbols of state power, into which the government has funneled millions of dollars. Now, in a bizarre twist, the state has destroyed the most iconic of these structures, the Concha Acustica.
After Nicaraguan president Daniel Ortega lost his re-election bid in 1990, the eccentric poet and first lady Rosario Murillo told a reporter she was happier with her common-law husband out of power. “I had a series of responsibilities that didn’t let me do art,” she explained.