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Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández

  • 01:00 - 9 October, 2011
Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández
Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández, © Daniel Pareja
© Daniel Pareja

© Daniel Pareja © Daniel Pareja © Daniel Pareja © Daniel Pareja +11

  • Architects

  • Location

    Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Project Leaders

    Jesús Hernández, José Pareja
  • Project Team

    Abdiel Miranda, Isaí Padilla, Eduardo Muñoz, Claudia Pérez
  • Landscape Design

    José Pareja Gómez, Jesús Hernández Martínez
  • Structural Project

    Lucio Lerma
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. Previously featured on Archdaily as an in-progress project, the Bicentennial Torch in Mexico was recently completed and is now fully operational. The inspiration is drawn from the mural "Lucha social" (in English: “Social struggle”), by Jose Clemente Orozco, which shows the leader of the independence, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leading the insurrection by tightly grasping a flaming torch.

© Daniel Pareja
© Daniel Pareja

The sculptural and architectural proposal consists in a 45-meter tall element that emphasizes the hierarchy of the main entrance to the city of León, Guanajuato, México.

Location
Location

The monument consists of a 10-meter tall concrete volume, followed by a 35-meter steel structure made of one hundred rings, interspersed with a hundred voids, which act as optical negatives as a result of the shadow projected onto them. By nightfall, the sculpture becomes a great urban lamp, which aims to enlighten the surrounding environment through its body and scars.

© Daniel Pareja
© Daniel Pareja

Its body, marked by 200 scars, reveals on its skin its longevity, giving life at night to a hundred rings of light, representing also the centennial of the revolutionary movement and its importance in the independent living of Mexico today. The rings are crowned at 45 meters high with a cauldron from which a powerful beam of light is projected to the infinity, a perpetual flame symbolizing the independence and the nation's future.

Sections and Elevations
Sections and Elevations

The Bicentennial Torch is born as a tribute to the heroes who gave Mexico a homeland, where the fire lights the brave in times of darkness and injustice. It emerges from Mexican soil, illuminating the purest ideals of freedom and sovereignty.

© Daniel Pareja
© Daniel Pareja

A light path drawn from the bottom to the top of the monument links land and object, leading to the sky the perpetual flame of the Mexican independence, projecting it to the infinite.

Floor Plans
Floor Plans
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández" 09 Oct 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/173968/bicentennial-torch-jose-pareja-jesus-hernandez/>
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Victor Siliceo · November 09, 2011

Arquitectura de México: Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández. http://t.co/8iIatS49

RENDER Solutions · October 28, 2011

Architecture in Mexico: Bicentennial Torch http://t.co/1RZHdfUJ

Adorian C · October 18, 2011

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IvyChee · October 14, 2011

Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández http://t.co/VSU6k2EQ #architecture

medved · October 11, 2011

Bicentennial Torch. http://t.co/70GPSlbb

Nicholas Patten · October 11, 2011

Bicentennial Torch. http://t.co/70GPSlbb

RENDER Solutions · October 11, 2011

Arquitectura en México: Bicentennial Torch http://t.co/6sF03FXv

Amelia Cazorla · October 11, 2011

Arquitectura de altura en México. #arquitectura #México http://t.co/PdXQYry2

Franz Spitaler · October 11, 2011

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Sundos Mohamed · October 11, 2011

Wo0ow ..
i like this building and the way he thought about having this shape. from the elevation and the section i can't imagine how it looks like from the inside. I want to visit it and see how could this be possible!!

Dan Salomon · October 11, 2011

Mexico vanguardista en #arquitectura. Inovador para cambiar! Bicentennial Torch/José Pareja+Jesús Hernández | ArchDaily http://t.co/DtSWNGez

Jacques Corby-Tuech · October 10, 2011

Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández | ArchDaily http://j.mp/o55lnQ

ernest · October 10, 2011

this is so archaic as a menhir. perhaps a good design for the olimpics.

Chris Robert Paulsen · October 10, 2011

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XavierJuarez? · October 10, 2011

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Pipe Yanguas · October 10, 2011

RT @ArchDaily: Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández http://t.co/hlAeigEA #architecture

Gustavo Jimenez · October 10, 2011

Monumento Bicentenario en #México http://t.co/i0ovOvKA , recuerdan cómo es el q se hizo en #Venezuela ? http://t.co/fyeGkR5H #arquitectura

Brooks Ahlfenger · October 10, 2011

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Teia Pearson · October 10, 2011

Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández http://t.co/iI7j3feb #architecture Rt @bluevertical *amazing

bluevertical · October 10, 2011

Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández http://t.co/3X2BLTPC #architecture *lovely fluid form

Erik Joya · October 10, 2011

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J Rodriguez · October 10, 2011

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@PRSecState la próxima contraten un arquitecto y no un mediocre

Fulden Ayhan · October 09, 2011

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Albert · October 09, 2011

Bloody amazing... Bravo, Mexico!

ASMA · October 09, 2011

I think the design is exploring the possibilities of twisted skyscarper. The desing has an idea which can be easily readable through the scheme unlike some projects which has an idea that is not belong to the design concept.Good prespective of monumental design.

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