The Drain Workers Monument is officially the Monumento del Drenaje Profundo. It’s one of the more baffling of Mexico City monuments, but not one that’s well known. Most Mexico City residents will guess it’s somewhere in the former Yugoslavia, but it’s as homegrown as monuments come.
The artist responsible, Ángela Gurría, had completed a work, Señales, for the 1968 Olympic Games and the Ruta de la Amistad. One year prior to the monument above, in 1974, she became the first woman accepted into Mexico’s Academia de Artes. One of her best-known works, titled Río Papaloapan, still stands out front of the Museo de Arte Moderno.
The monument to the Deep Drainage project was part of the Deep Drain Museum. It opened here, with the monument, in 1975. Gurría’s project involved the construction of five concrete towers. The tallest is 30 meters high and the shortest is 13. But interestingly, at the top of each is a part of the forms used to cast the drainage pipes.
Visitors aren’t allowed onto the school grounds. One can imagine the kids must have some fun at the base of the monument, but the rest of us have to take it in from a distance. It’s visible from everywhere in the area.