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The monumental sculpture by the artist Sebastián to be installed at the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing will be discussed at the Tijuana Cultural Center at 11 a.m. April 22, the Colegio de la Frontera Norte said Thursday in its Correo Fronterizo newsletter. Part of the genesis of the sculpture had to do with COLEF's 30th anniversary celebrations in 2012.
COLEF's José Manuel Valenzuela Arce said the sculpture would pay homage to the city of Tijuana and at nearly 60 meters be taller than the Statue of Liberty (however, that is if you only consider the 46-meter (151-foot) Statue of Liberty, and not the base that makes the New York statue's torch 93 meters high (305 feet).
Valenzuela said Sebastián will be present at the discussion.
COLEF article about the sculpture.
The world-renowned Mexican sculptor Sebastián said Monday at the Tijuana Innovadora conference that he plans to create a monument at the new El Chaparral border crossing that opens next month.
He told MexicoPerspective that a 52-meter-high wall will represent entrance gates in an abstract form and will be titled "The Gateway of the Americas."
Sebastián, who spoke at the conference Sunday, said the wall will show a representation of the pre-Hispanic world. It will contain a nahuolli, a symbol representing the four directions of the universe that is at the center of the Aztec calendar.
The sculptor said the monument representing cross-border movement is going to be sponsored by the Colegio de la Frontera Norte think tank and by citizen contributions.
Aril 10, 2014:
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said the work will include a nahualli, the spiritual twin of a person, usually in animal form, the Aztecs believed in.