El Sol Bípedo (The Bipedal Sun, or the Two-footed Sun) is a monumental sculpture on the southside of the Periférico Sur highway. It’s just inside the onramp from the Picacho-Ajusco highway. The work was created by Hungarian artist Pierre Szekely for the Route of Friendship. The Route was developed to commemorate the 1968 Olympic Games.
The work was Station #5 on the route, and represented Hungary and also France, as the artist lived there at the time. The work is some 13 meters tall. It’s among the most organic in form of the works in the Ruta de la Amistad. Originally, it bore a terracotta colored paint. During a restoration in 2000, the artist re-colored the work in the bright yellow we see today. He’d never quite agreed with the original color.
El Sol Bípedo was restored in 2005 with support from TV Azteca. It’s currently maintained by Arte & Cultura Grupo Salinas.