Doncha still love these? How can you see one of these and not smile?
I owned one at one time, as I suppose everyone of my generation has. I happened to own mine in Germany, an antique German version. It had no safety glass. One morning it took a rock in the windshield on the highway, and the whole windshield shattered and fell down in my lap. I love the memory of it all the more for that. I love the memory of the totally inadequate heating system and the frozen toes. Most of all I love the memory of its incredible agility in the snow.
The sage of the Beetle in México is indeed that—a saga. There are still many around here. The demise of the production was sealed by a Presidential decree declaring two-door automobiles unacceptable for use as taxis in México City where they were extremely popular as taxis at one time. A group of Mexican dealers bought one of the highly coveted last models that rolled off the line in 2003 and presented to the Pope as a gift.
Finally! An exhibit of interesting and troubling art at Bellas Artes, the home of the Davíd Alfaro Siqueiros mural.
Here is the description of him and his art from the website PortalSanMiguel:
Many of you are familiar with the fantastic iron sculpture of Victor Hugo Nuñez from Alquimia in Fábrica la Aurora. From October 2nd check out his sublime iron sculpture at Centro Cultural Nigromante a.k.a. Bellas Artes on Hernández Macías entitled Estudio 3 + 2 Infiltrated. The native Chilean, whose large scale works weave a mythology which deals with life, death, innocence, sex, and childhood, learned his technique from the Purpurecha indians and is considered by many to be exemplary of the finest of Latin American expressionist sculpture.
One of the local art persons, Linda Lowery, gives us the following background relating to one of Nuñez's other projects in her write-up concerning the local art scene relating to traditional Méxican art:
Dulces Sueños. The material is made of sugar cane and is based on an ancient compound used extensively in Michoacán. In the Basilica in Pátzcuaro there is a statue of the virgin whose face is made of a mixture of corn and orchids. Victor Hugo was given a grant from the state of Morelos to research the origin of this compound and to come up with a formula for it. For his first piece of sculpture he used a mixture of 1,000 orchid plants combined with corn cane. Not wanting to use so many orchids, he substituted them with building materials such as sealers and glues. He also substituted corn for sugar cane and added dirt and donkey manure. Through much trial and error, he arrived at his formula for Dulces Sueños.
I have several more photos of his iron sculptures on display but did not wish to overwhelm you or cause you nightmares. I will post more later. Dulces Sueños, by the way, translates as “sweet dreams.”
To my way of thinking, "expressionist sculpture" is a misnomer. This is surrealist sculpture.