With the work of “El Palomar”, by the architect Luis Barragán, it is sought that tourism in Guadalajara growsays Miguel Zárate Hernández, coordinator of Comprehensive Management of the City of the Government of Guadalajara.
“There is a sector of the population that travels around the country looking for architectural and representative works by different architects. And Luis Barragán is a national and international benchmark. One example is that many people go to Casa Cristo and Casa ITESO Clavigero just to find out who he is and take photos, but also to consume.” Hoteliers in the area see this type of work as an opportunity and a pole of attraction.
The monument, of 40 million pesos, has 5% of construction in the foundation and is located in the extension of Paseo Alcaldeat the intersection of 16 de Septiembre and Leandro Valle, as part of the actions to renovate, repopulate and make the city center more attractive.
“This place was chosen because the work can be seen from different angles. It is the only work of the architect Luis Barragán that has not been built. It was designed for the El Palomar subdivision 50 years ago and it was the owner of the work and the owner of the subdivision who proposed to the City Council that it could be built”.
From this, together with a multidisciplinary team, an adaptation of the materials and structural calculations with higher standards was made. It is expected to open in January of the following year.
They support the construction of the work “El Palomar”
To honor the work of the architect Luis Barragán, the Guadalajara City Council is building the piece “El Palomar” on the Paseo Alcalde, said the director of Public Works, Francisco Ontiveros. “After an intense socialization with the normative part, and with the opinion of the respective authorities, such as Culture, INAH and the College of Architects, we took on the task of seeing where the ideal place was to place the piece of this magnitude and importance.
Together with the bridge of the architect Raúl Gómez Tremariin front of the University Center for Social Sciences and Humanities (CUCSH), will now be part of the Paseo Mayor.
For its part, Laila Pérez, president of the Jalisco College of Architects, stressed that “El Palomar” is important to give coherence to a lost and disjointed space and, in turn, “give strength and unity to a deteriorated urban landscape. We must understand the transcendence and importance of Luis Barragán”.
Miguel Echauri, in charge of a team of specialists for the technical review of the work, stressed that the city needs urban landmarks. “It is a symbol of a son of the city, Guadalajara, and it is important to understand it. Detonate the urban area. The hotels and developers turned to see it and it is intended to make a large urban sprawl that merges with Agua Azul and Parque Morelos. The tourism generated by Luis Barragán is important and the piece is a gift for the people of Guadalajara”.
While Raúl Uranga, president of the Guadalajara Chamber of Commerce, added that It is important because a housing development is contemplated in the Center, but also for commerce and tourism, since it will detonate a forgotten area.
“It is a tribute to the most renowned architect in Guadalajara, to the Pritzker Prize, but we are also working on the detonation of the Center so that it becomes the Center we want again. This work would underpin what different players have done for its reconstruction”.
They intervene sculpture “Fire Bird”
As of today, the sculpture “Pájaro de Fuego” will be intervened, as part of the actions proposed by the Guadalajara City Council for the renovation, improvement and citizen appropriation of public space and cultural assets, with an investment of 5.5 million pesos (mdp).
The sculpture was commissioned in 1957 by the architect Luis Barragán from the sculptor Mathias Goeritz and is located in the Jardines del Bosque subdivision. Both the sculpture and the environment where it is located are identified as State Artistic Heritage and as a Protection Zone called Typical Area and Movable Property, respectively.
According to the City Council, One of the main changes arbitrarily made to the sculpture was the color change from brick to yellow.
In the document for the intervention, it was explained that, since 2019, there is a record of this first brick-colored layer. At the time of the photographic record, a new layer of coating was being given to the sculpture, for which the loose paint flakes were removed, exposing part of the concrete, the remains of the original paint, as well as the mortar and subsequent color layers. .
Some of the actions for the improvement
- Paint removal. Sand Blast (cleaning technique) will be used, after carrying out tests.
- Resane. If damaged areas are observed, it is suggested to use a sand and cement mortar to give a finish similar to the original.
- Anti-graffiti coating. The finish will be matte and it has an eight-year guarantee.
- In the surroundings there will be a recovery of the original pavement, safe crossings and lighting with a pedestrian sense.
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