Ignacio Allende Rides Again—or at Least His Statue Does
By Jesús Aguado
The larger-than-life statue of Ignacio Allende on horseback left his watch post over the city’s northern entrance on Friday, taken away by a crane for renovations.
It’s not the first time San Miguel’s homegrown independence hero’s statue—most recently located at Paseo de los Conspiradores—has been moved.
Local government officials told Atención that an analysis of the statue by experts found that the one-and-a-half-ton statue has cracks and exposed soldering, in addition to other damage. Previous maintenance on the statue has left concrete inside the horse’s rear hoofs and several hues of green throughout the piece. The Fundidora Galindo company (Galindo Foundry), who inspected the statue, recommended immediate intervention before the damage to the statue is irreversible.
The city’s budget to restore the statue is 225,000 pesos. According to a document provided to Atención, the restoration has to be performed during the next two to three weeks and after that, the statue has to be returned, although it is currently not known if it will be placed in the same spot.
According to local traditionalist Marisol Vidargas, Sanmiguelenses collected the money to create the statue in celebration of the two hundredth anniversary of Allende’s birth. Its original home was the Plaza Cívica, where construction workers had to spend 24 hours straight in order to complete the project. On January 21, 1969, president of México Gustavo Díaz Ordaz attended the statue’s unveiling.
In December 1985, it was relocated to the Mirador lookout, where the hero could watch over San Miguel. In 2000, it was moved to its most recent location.