Photo Walk Nº24 – Monumento a la Revolución and Reforma

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Photo Walk Nº24 to the Monumento a la Revolución gave us an opportunity to get to know this area and part of Paseo de la Reforma, a place we often drive past but rarely walk around.

After photographing the monument from different angles and capturing its reflection in some of the buildings nearby, we set off towards Paseo de la Reforma. On our way down we were surprised to see them filming “La Boda de Valentina” and also met some friendly clowns. Next we went into the Loteria Nacional, one of the best preserved Art-Déco style buildings in Mexico City, where we spent some time learning about the lottery draws, took shots of the interior and photographed the large mural “El Juego de la Fortuna” by Ariosto Otero. This shows games of fortune from pre-Hispanic times to modern days.

Opposite the Loteria Nacional is the large yellow “Caballito”, an abstract horse’s head sculpture by Sebastian, which also serves as a chimney, and  got some interesting photos of it reflected in the building nearby. Crossing over to the other side of Paseo de la Reforma, we made our way as far as the statue of Christopher Columbus, before heading back to the Monumento a la Revolución.

In the square in front of the monument was a group of “human statues” who were modeling outfits and costumes made entirely of recycled materials so we did a quick photo shoot of them. We then all decided to go up to the dome of the Monument to see the skyline. A glass lift in the middle whisked us up to the Mirador in 43 seconds, giving us views on the way up (for those with their eyes open). We then enjoyed taking panoramic shots of the skyline, trying to figure out the different buildings, before returning to the square below where the fountains had begun to spring into action. At night, both the Monument and the fountains are lit up with colored lights.

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