Ragged Claws

Monday, November 26, 2007

Las Calaveras en Reforma

One of the many impressive things about Mexico City is the number and variety of public art installations along the main avenues. This month, Day of the Dead festivities culminated with the placement of dozens of large, creatively decorated skulls, or calaveras, along the Paseo de la Reforma, where they'll remain until December 15th. I've had trouble articulating just how cool these sculptures are when trying to describe them to people, but fortunately some kind souls have made photos available through Creative Commons. Aren't these neat?

Calavera antrera! posted by M.a.r.i.a.n.i.t.u.x.

DSCF3183 posted by Gary Denness

DSCF3175 posted by Gary Denness

DSCF3158 posted by Gary Denness.

DSCF3143 posted by Gary Denness.

DSCF3152 posted by Gary Denness. As a side note, the building in the background that appears to be a church is actually a gay disco.

DSCF3269 posted by Gary Denness. To me this is the most impressive of the bunch - while it may be hard to see in a small photo, the design on this calavera was created with thousands of yellow, black and white corn kernels, making it an obsessive's masterpiece.