The authorities of Mexico City agreed this Wednesday that the statue of Christopher Columbus that was located in the emblematic Paseo de la Reforma be transferred to the park America, in charge of Mayor Miguel Hidalgo.
The decision was made unanimously by the Committee of Monuments and Artistic Works in Public Spaces of Mexico City (Comaep), and is given as part of the process of deolization of public spaces that local authorities defend to vindicate the struggles of ancestral peoples. The announcement also takes place on the same day that the country commemorates the 211 years of the beginning of the independence struggle.
According to a release released by the Ministry of Urban Development and Housing (Seduvi), the image of Columbus will be placed in Parque América, because there you can appreciate “the artistic value of the work” and it is a place with low records of vandalization, since the sculpture has been attacked on different occasions in rejection of colonialism, as also happens in other countries of the continent.
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The Seduvi recalled that the sculpture, made in 1877 by the artist Charles Cordier, is listed as a historical monument of the country since 1956, in a presidential decree signed by Adolfo Ruiz Cortines. In addition, it is part of the cultural heritage of the capital.
The authorities assured that the change will not imply the removal of trees and that the weight of the statue will not damage the spaces of the park.
Last week, the Head of Government of Mexico City, Claudia Sheinbaum, reported that in recognition of indigenous peoples and women, the sculpture of Colón it would be replaced by a work dedicated to indigenous women, and according to its creator, the sculptor Pedro Reyes, it will be called ‘Tlalli’, which means ‘land’ in the Nahuatl language.