I came across the Espacio Escultorico (Sculptural Space), when I visited a Mathias Goeritz exhibition in Puebla, Mexico last year. The model and the photos of the project immediately caught my attention, not only because I think it is a great piece of land art, but also because I had already begun to think about my volcano related journey.
I loved the idea that Goeritz and a group of artists created the Espacio Escultorico that resembles a volcanic crater and I immediately wanted to go and see it. Back then I knew little about the pyramid of Cuicuilco and the volcanic history in the valley of Mexico. As I learned later, the pyramid, the volcano Xitle and the lava field were the main inspirations for Goeritz’s project. Both, the base of the pyramid and the Espacio Escultorico share the same diameter as well as the idea of being a sacred, cultural space. The name Xitle means tummy button, “xictli” in the Aztec language Nahuatl.
I recommend, that if you have the chance, go and visit the Espacio Escultorico and the pyramid of Cuicuilco in one day. This gives you the opportunity to experience the evolution of Mexican culture and to breath a little fresh air during your stay in Mexico City.
By the way: the guy sitting at the bottom left is Magomitch!