Mexico City's Zócalo, the enormous public square in the heart of its Centro Histórico, is rarely empty. When it isn't the venue for celebrations, political rallies, protest marches or other events, it's showcasing sculptures or hosting fairs. And at Christmas it turns into a huge winter sports arena with the world's largest ice-skating rink, among other things.
Lately, over the past two weeks, it has housed a series of sculptures called Nuestros Silencios ("Our Silences"), by the Mexican sculptor Rivelino, which have circled the globe over the last two years, visiting cities such as London, Madrid, Brussels, Paris, Shanghai, Moscow.... The exhibition consists of 10 giant figures cast in bronze and a Tactile Box specially for the blind which contains four smaller replicas inside which can be felt by putting your hands through two small holes. These giant sculptures were installed in the centre of the Zócalo on the 26th October and will be standing there in silence until the 18th November.
The exhibition "Nuestros Silencios" is installed in a circle around the flagpole in the centre of the Zócalo
People visiting the exhibition
Each of the 10 giant figures is cast in bronze and has tactile decorations on it
A side view
People queueing to experience the Tactile Box
One of the big figures
Looking towards the Palacio Nacional
The day I went, there was a group of schoolchildren performing Aztec dances in the square
For a week or so, these giant figures were joined by the alebrije creatures who were moved from Paseo de la Reforma to make room for the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. The creatures clearly enjoyed having more space to move around in and the visitors were able to observe them from every angle. Here's a bird's eye view and a worm's view of them!
Looking down on the Zócalo
Latin America's largest cathedral, la Catedral Metropolitana, stands on one side of the square
The group of 10 bronze figures making up the exhibition, Nuestros Silencios, seen from above
The enormous square with the colourful alebrijes dotted around it
Looking down on one of the alebrijes
One of the creatures threatening the Cathedral
Looking the Cathedral square in the eye
Looks like this alebrije is drinking through a straw!
Detail of mermaids... one has been eating a bit more than the other?
Is it a slide?
A swooping bird
A dragon-like creature with the Palacio Nacional in the background
A brightly coloured feline creature with a snake in its mouth
Looking down towards the Torre Latino
A defiant prehistoric monster?
Lots of tongues