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El Ancla, “The Anchor” is a monumental sculpture by Swiss artist Willi Gutmann. It’s among the most recognizable works of the Ruta de la Amistad. This was probably heightened when the work was moved following the 2008 expansion of the Periférico highway. The sculpture is now among the most prominent on the Periférico / Insurgentes cloverleaf.
The sculpture was built in 1968 using concrete applied over a steel framework. El Ancla stands at some 7.50 meters high. Originally painted purple and green, the artist changed the color in 1997 to the blue we see today. This was to better place it within the built environment that had changed so dramatically in the years since the Olympics.
That color change was part of a restoration performed by the Association of Swiss Businessmen in Mexico with support from the Swiss Embassy.