Sharing the game of life: Limón Partido
By Jade arroyo
The exhibit “Limón Partido” was officially opened January 16 at Plaza La Luciérnaga by Mayor Mauricio Trejo; María José Garrido, director of Fomento Económico and Relaciones Internacionales (Economic Development and International Relations); Ana Paula Dávalos, representing local DIF; director of Urban Development Edgar Bautista; and the artist, Ignacio Rodríguez. They were accompanied by other special guests involved with the cultural scene in the city. The show is open every day from 10am to 5pm through April 15. There is no entry fee.
“Limón Partido” is the product of Ignacio Rodríguez’s imagination and already has traveled to 16 locales, including stops in North Carolina, Texas, Guadalajara and Monterrey, to name but a few. The installation is an interactive, playful space where all senses are engaged. When walking through the entrance, a voice greets you or bids you goodbye, whichever is appropriate.
“Limón Partido” means “cut-up lime,” and the popular image of the cut limes that traditionally accompany tequila, which inspired the name, is evoked to symbolize the universal values of friendship and sharing. Friendship is achieved also through games such as dominoes, pool, bowling, dice, miniature soccer and backgammon, represented in life-sized dimensions. Through these installations, the artist seeks to increase social relations between human beings through play. Six universal values, such as dialogue, cooperation, respect for others, and empathy are represented by games. The games he chooses to use are usually considered grown-up games, those played by parents and older siblings that the little ones want to be part of. To Rodríguez, the most important thing is that a child, while playing, feels part of that experience and has a sense of belonging to something bigger that him- or herself.
The mayor expressed: “If the art helps form better citizens and human beings, this is a great initiative,” and he invited all sanmiguelenses to visit this playful space.