This Week’s Theme: X-cellence.
Just across the border from El Paso in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico you can see/visit this 200′ tall red x known as “The Equis.” Photographed here by Aaron V on Tripadvisor.com, it gives us a bird’s eye view of this spectacular sculpture as well as showing us that it sits within a circle (mandala). What a bold statement! Love the color and drama of it.
About “The Equis” from Digie.com:
It was dedicated in May 2013. Internationally known Mexican sculptor Sebastian – whose real name is Enrique Carbajal González – designed the monument. The middle of the two towers will be a viewing area that will allow visitors to look into El Paso and over Juárez.
Sebastian explained: “It is a symbol full of meanings, a mark to welcome people (to Mexico) and to demonstrate the ancestral Mexican culture.” He said the sculpture is a tribute to Juárez’s namesake, Mexican President Benito Juárez. Juárez was remembered for changing the spelling of the country’s name in the 1800s, from Méjico to Mexico. The two intersecting arms of the X symbolize the mestizaje, or the merging of two cultures in Mexico – the indigenous people and the Spanish. Being the first president with Aztec blood, Benito Juárez is credited with bringing together the races.
View more of Sebastian’s X-traordinary sculptures via his online gallery.
“People often say that ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder,’ and I say that the most liberating thing about beauty is realizing that you are the beholder. This empowers us to find beauty in places where others have not dared to look, including inside ourselves.” ~ Salma Hayek