Art, Water, and a New Park

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Example of the concept

Ejemplo del concepto

Carmen Jiménez en su estudio

By Jesús Aguado

A new park that will extend over 30,000 square meters will be constructed between San Luis Rey, Obraje, and La Aurora. Its function will be recreational and artistic.

On September 29 the city council accepted the donation of the area. Mayor Ricardo Villarreal says it will be used for the construction of the second and most important park in San Miguel de Allende—after Juárez Park, which was designed more than 100 years ago.

“It is almost the same area as Juárez Park” commented Villarreal. For the first stage, 30 million pesos will be invested. Construction will begin in November, and the park will be opened during the first months of 2018 to commemorate the 475th anniversary of the foundation of San Miguel. A sculpture from a popular and internationally renowned artist will be placed in the center.

Sculpture Park

The new park will have an artistic area. Sculptor Carmen Jiménez, who has 30 years of experience in the world of art, has worked on a project of seven sculptures (fountains) to be placed there. The sculptures represent the Seven Fine Arts: cinema, sculpture, music, architecture, dance, painting, and literature.

According to the artist, the sculptures have water as a conceptual principle for the art because San Miguel was founded adjacent to a spring, and fountains were constructed across the city and at the entrances of the town to offer a lavish welcome to visitors. Water will spout from the elements of the sculptures like the arms or structures that they are holding. “The liquid is used as an element for the beginning of life, movement, and transformation,” said the sculptor. Jiménez also mentioned that the sculptures “will offer a refined recreational time for the families, giving them a different experience.”

 

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