Nancy got invited to a party and took me as her date. Sweet. I was talking to a prominent Architectural Writer from Britain, and I mentioned that I loved the public art in Mexico. Compared to the US, the art here is fearless and bright and aspirational and everything you would want. Let’s see if you agree with me. Click on the pictures to see a bigger version.
This is the Malecon: seawall drive. It runs the length of La Paz. At night, especially on weekends, it’s full of families. Chock full. Kids on bikes, Grandma and Grandpa, teenagers shaking off childhood. Full.
Let’s get to the art. There are many large bronze sculptures along the Malecon. Here’s a few:
The Old Man and the Sea.
I have a paper boat…
It’s made of a page
on which I write my hopes.
It has no anchors nor mooring lines.
In it, I want to sail the seven seas;
In the eighth,
I know I will eagerly run aground in port.
Have you seen the brilliant light of your lighthouse?
– Guillermo Gomez Mac. 2004
(My translation, please correct me)
This next few are in an alley on the front of Tamal art gallery. Just look at the art: