Take Pictures in the UNAM’s Espacio Escultórico
This iconic sculpture garden has a path leading to seven abstract sculptures tucked into the landscape.
The artist Federico Silva envisioned placing Mexico’s geometric sculptural movement in a natural setting, leading him to create this space. To do so, he invited the era’s most prominent sculptors whose work followed a geometric aesthetic. It took over a year to design and build the space.
The result has been open to the public since April 23, 1979—there is a gigantic circle with a 394-foot outer diameter and 64 volcanic rock sculptures representing the pre-Hispanic world’s cosmic vision, surrounded by a series of rectangular blocks over 13 feet high.
A path made of pavers winds along a route where striking sculptures appear amidst the area’s vegetation. La Corona del Pedregal (Crown of the Pedregal) by Mathias Goeritz is a metallic structure made of polyhedrons placed in the shape of a crown.
Variante de la Llave de Kepler (Variant of Kepler’s Key), a remarkably futuristic composition in the middle of the brush, is by Manuel Felguérez.
Colotl (Scorpion) is an abstract metal piece emulating a scorpion created by Sebastián.
Coatl (Serpent), symbolizing a snake, is a kind of cubic, three-dimensional maze in florescent yellow and orange, in the style of Helen Escobedo.
Serpientes del Pedregal (Serpents in the Pedregal), by Federico Silva, is made of volcanic rock.
Ave Dos (Bird Two), made of orange-painted ferroconcrete is by Hersúa. Ocho Conejo (Rabbit Eight), in the eyes of its creator, Federico Silva, represents the beginning and the end as one and the same.
Espacio Escultórico UNAM, Centro Cultural Universitario, Mario de La Cueva, Universitaria, Mexico City, CDMX, MexicoSee map