The photographs and paintings in"O Colombia" feature strange-looking gold birds and masks, all of which are fashioned after pre-Columbian gold pieces now housed in the Gold Museum in Bogota. The gold pieces are remnants of societies governed by chiefs. Considered a sacred metal, gold once adorned political leaders and was used in offerings to placate the gods.
Gold objects accompanied the dead to their tombs. The gold objects pictured in these works are now museum pieces, remnants of the lost civilizations which created them. They are tiny in size, only a few inches in length. The paintings portray them as large, demystified objects. They are sadly devoid of any practical use. The flying bird holds no life in its eye; it hovers like a blimp over a world unaware of its presence. The teaching bird preaches to others who pay no attention to it, and the racing bird competes with chickens in a race judged by a mask of a coca-chewing man most probably incapable of clear thinking.