In 1492, Christopher Columbus discovered three islands in the New World: San Salvador, Cuba and Hispaniola (currently Haiti and the Dominican Republic). To celebrate the 500th anniversary, local sculptor Jaime Suárez was commissioned to create the Telúrico Totem. The 39 foot sculpture is crafted with ceramics and granite from across the Americas. The column seems taller because of its position at the top of a staircase. The monument and several water fountains are the centerpieces of Quincentennial Plaza.