Charamusca Africana is the real odd-ball of the Ruta de la Amistad. A series of sculptures, nearly all in cast concrete, created for the 1968 Olympic Games, this one is by a noted abstract painter and graphic designer. It’s unique in Mexico City.
The Charamusca Africana stands at some 11 meters in height. The base is enclosed in a bright red corral of steel girders. Together, these two elements achieve a striking graphic quality despite the limitations of the materials and their imposition on participating artists. The work is often cited for the sense of movement one perceives in passing. The fact that it bears none of weightiness of the other works in the route also seems worth mentioning.
The work was restored in 2006 by the Fundación Recycling Planet AC. Soon after that it was moved from its original location near the Muyuguardas bridge a bit further down Periférico Sur.