Bicentennial Torch / José Pareja + Jesús Hernández

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Location: Guanajuato, México
Landscape Design: José Pareja Gómez, Jesús Hernández Martínez
Project Leaders: Jesús Hernández, José Pareja
Project Team: Abdiel Miranda, Isaí Padilla, Eduardo Muñoz, Claudia Pérez
Structural Project: Lucio Lerma
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Daniel Pareja

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.

Antorcha Bicentenario / José Pareja Gómez and Jesús Hernández Martínez

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The bicentennial torch, designed by José Pareja Gómez and Jesús Hernández Martínez, is inspired by the mural depicting the social struggle of Mexican independence by Jose Clemente Orozco in which the leader of the independence, Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, leading the insurrection by tightly grasping a flaming torch. The structure manifested from this image by the architect is a 45-meter tall element emphasizing the main entrance into León, Guanajuato, México.

More information and images after the break.