Tio Pepe returns to Puerta del Sol
Last week saw a hero return to Madrid, and tonight (8 May 2014) sees his grand unveiling. After an absence of 3 years, the neon Tio Pepe sign has been reinstated above Puerta del Sol in the heart of Madrid.
The sign was first installed atop the Hotel Paris at number 5 Puerta del Sol in the 1950s, but was removed during the building’s renovations in 2011. It turned out that Tio Pepe didn’t feature in the plans of the new tenant (Apple) and so began a long battle including a 28,000 signature petition to bring Tio Pepe back home.
And so, last Tuesday (22 April), after a much publicised installation process, a newly refurbished neon Tio Pepe sign was lit again in Puerta del Sol – albeit in a slightly different spot, on top of number 11 just 130 metres from its original home.
He may not be in exactly the same location but, shining out over Madrid again, Tio Pepe is back in his rightful place. Oleeeee!
Night shot of the completed sign (with moonlight) from @VMRomeroAndrada on Twitter
All other shots from Gonzalez Byass Tio Pepe on Facebook