In 1999 the sculptor Jean Marc de Pas accepted the challenge of creating a clay bust every day of the "Armada". This idea was a great success and the following busts were produced: Jean François de la Pérouse, Jacques Cartier, JAMES COOK, Amérigo Vespucci, Cavelier de la Salle, Jean de Béthencourt, Fernando Magellan, Christopher Columbus, Marco Polo and Vasco de Gama.
After so much success, the organisers thought that they should not stop there and lose them all. So they sought sponsors, one for each bust. A difficult task but, with perseverance, the funds were found. The busts were all remade in bronze and were presented at the Town Hall on 20 March 2003. The maritime city of Rouen proved itself worthy of all the effort and the organisers benefited from the construction of a bridge for cyclists and pedestrians. The busts have been raised up and protected by putting them on stands made of bamboo.