Artwork/Highway Sculptures (Result of an international sculpture meeting, combined length 17 km): « ruta de la amistad » (Street of Friendship)
Place, Date: South of Mexico City, 1968
Initiator / Artist: Mathias Goeritz (1915-1990)
International sculptor meeting (18 artists from 16 countries / “Olympics of Culture” on the occasion of the 19th Olympic Games in Mexico 1968
Alexander Calder /USA, Mathias Goeritz/Mexico, Germán Cueto/Mexico, Ángela Gurría/Mexico, Willi Gutmann/Swiss, Miloslav Chlupáč / czechoslovakia**, Kioshi Takahashi**/Japan, Pierre Székely/Hungary, Gonzalo Fonseca/Uruguay, Costantina Nivola/Italien, Jasques Moeschal/Belgium, Todd Williams/USA, Grzegorz Krowalski/Poland, Josep Maria Subirachs/Spain, Clement Meadmore/Australia, Herbert Bayer/Austria, Joop Beljon/Netherlands, Itzhak Danziger/Israel, Olivier Seguin/France, Mohamed Melehi/Morocco, Helen Escobedo/Mexico, Jorge Dubón/Mexico
Goeritz was commissioned with this project by the architect Pedro Ramírez Vázques of the Mexican Olympic Organising Committee prior to its execution in 1967 and 1968.
Mexican Olympic Organisation Committee
A special feature of the works united there to this day along a 17-kilometre stretch of motorway was to offer changing aesthetic structures/shapeshifts to the passing viewers in their vehicles, quasi kinetic art through the mobility of rapidly passing passers-by as an expression of a then still unchecked belief in progress - until this was also critically questioned in Mexico, not least through student rebellion.
Keywords: #coworking, #Kinetic Art, #Art&Research
Mathias Goeritz – Wikipedia (25.07.2022)
Ruta de la Amistad – Wikipedia (25.07.2022)
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