You can’t miss the Polyforum, a monument built by the famed Mexican muralist David Siqueiros to himself, if you wander or drive up Insurgentes. Located right next to the World Trade Center (map), it rather stands out as you can see from this photo of the exterior. It’s pretty spectacular. Although first impressions might lead you to think it’s a tacky nightclub. First impressions aren’t entirely wrong. You can see the full set of photos I took by clicking here.
Inside it is just as dramatic, with what is claimed to be the world’s largest mural. Elsewhere I’ve seen it deswcribed merely as ‘one of the biggest’. Either way, it’s impressively big. Siqueiros was indeed a visionary. He thought in 3D and 360 degrees long before Panasonic or Sony got around to it. On Saturdays and Sundays there is a Sound and Light show which costs just 30 pesos to go see. Or just 15 pesos if you have a student or teacher ID.
You’ll get a talk by a guide before the show begins, where he reads a script that is pretty much a carbon copy of the info you’re about to hear in the show. When the show itself starts, it feels like the very earth is moving. That’s largely because it is. Well the floor underneath you anyway. Virtually the entire interior floor is a huge circular platform which rotates full circle. Fast enough to be noticeable. But not so fast that you are instantly aware of it. Feels more like the opening tremors of a quake!