Sunday, October 26, 2008

Surreal Sights in the City - Alebrijes

Turn the corner in Mexico City and you are never quite sure what you will find next!! Nipping out to the bank yesterday, I found that over a hundred giant fantastical creatures had suddenly moved in and taken up residence in my neighbourhood on the stretch of Reforma between the Diana Fountain and the Angel Monument.

Made of papier mache with exquisite use of colour, design and imagination, these creatures are gigantic versions of the folk art alebrijes normally crafted from wood originating in Oaxaca.

Created by local artisans and organised by my favourite museum in DF - The Museum of Popular Art (Revillagigedo 11), these creatures form the annual "el Desfile de Alebrijes Monumentales" and are only staying here until November 2nd. The aim is to promote and find a wider audience for Mexican Folk Art. Don't miss this magical feast for the eyes!

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