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Polyforum de Siqueiros

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!

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8 thoughts on “Polyforum de Siqueiros

  1. Dan Green says:

    Gary,
    Dangit! Luv the new camera! The photo’s are as vivid as Sisquero’s work will allow them to be! BTW – “She Who Must Be Obeyed” is looking good after two years with you! May you have MANY more pad Thai’s)
    All the Best!
    Dan in NC

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    • Hey Dan, good to see you around again! I really love my new Fuji. It’s a fun camera to have and I’m really happy with the results it produces. Some review sites are a little critical of the image quality, but that seems to a be the case with all the new small sensor CMOS compacts. But their criticism comes from analysing the images with 100% crops, which quite frankly is meaningless to me and the way I use/display my photos.

      I’m tempted by the new Panasonic FZ100 which is about to hit the shelves, although the first reviews of that units image quality (also a MOS sensor) are pretty negative. But I’m not sure I want to sacrifice the manual zoom ring. Really my next upgrade should be into DSLR land. I’m price watching Pentax’s K-x. Now if it would just dip below the $500 mark….!

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  2. Kim G says:

    I’ve never seen this place. Will definitely have to go the next time I’m in your fair city.

    And the moral of this story? If no one else is willing to build a monument to you, you’ll simply have to do it yourself.

    Saludos,

    Kim G
    Boston, MA
    Where we have to give this monument thing some careful thought.

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    • You must have at least glanced at the exterior as you’ve trundled along Insurgentes Kim! I had seen it, although I had had no idea that it contained such a huge work of art. It’s definitely worth a visit.

      For a monument to represent Boston, might I suggest a giant metal mesh tea bag. On second thoughts, maybe not. It won’t be there long before some unruly mob, under the influence of the juice, come along and hurl it into the river.

      Mexicans are full of stereotype info about the English. Tea drinking being one of them. Do we really drink so much? The best way I can describe the English attitude to tea is by telling them that in 1939, the first action of the War Cabinet was not to order more desperately needed Spitfires. Nor did they order more guns, tanks or ships. No, they in fact ordered the entire planet’s supply of tea for the following five years. Tea to the English is like spinach to Popeye. And that’s how we beat the Germans….. 🙂

      (I, incidentally, think tea is as appetising a beverage as a cup of dog wee.)

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