Last year these weird and thoroughly abstract metal face sculptures appeared around Belles Artes and the Zocalo. What were they? Why were they there? Who made them? Today I found the answer to that question, and the answer is Jose Luis Cuevas. Inside the museum of the same name. I assume he is the artist who created them anyway.
Just few years ago there were some parts of the Centro Historico, pretty close to the Zocalo, that you went to if you wanted to get yourself mugged. There still are of course, but bit by bit some areas are being regenerated or otherwise made safe to visit. The problem is, word hasn’t gotten out to Mexicans that this is the case.
My wife for one became incredibly anxious on one of the Ciclothon routes a few months ago as we headed down streets that had been off limits once upon a time. This museum lies in just such an area. How long ago in the past it was iffy to walk down I don’t know. She got her info from her father, so it could be anytime from 19…well, it wouldn’t be polite to him to say!
But anyway, today I Ciclothon’d alone, and stopped to check out the faces, a few of which are now in this thoroughly disreputable part of town! I’d seen them there before, but one of them now had a sign attached to it. There’s a museum down that side street? I must look, thought I. So I did. And if you click here, you’ll be transported to Flickr to see what I found.