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The Fountain of Diana the Huntress is one of the most representative sculptures on the Paseo de la Reforma. Designed by Juan Fernando Olaguíbel Guanajuato, the fountain was the work of the Mexican architect Vicente Mendiola. The two-ton sculpture was sculpted and then cast in bronze between April and September 1942 at a foundry on the calle Obrero Mundial.
Originally called La flechadora de las estrellas del Norte (Archess of the Stars of the North), the work eventually came to be known as “Diana Cazadora,” that is, “Diana the Huntress.”
Almost immediately upon her unveiling, the ultra-conservative in Mexican society came out of hiding. A so-called “League of Decency” (Liga de la Decencia) initiated a series of protests that somehow got clothing back on the sculpture. The artist fixed the garments with but three welds in the hope of eventually removing them. Ultimately, the statue was damaged. In 1957, the monument was further damaged by a major earthquake, the same one to actually topple the Angel of Independence.
Alas, the 1968 Mexican Olympics, already well remembered for the major contribution made to sculpture in the city, had a hand in restoring the Diana, too. When the head of the Mexico City government, one Alfonso Corona del Rosal, responded to a request by the artist, Juan Olaguíbel, it was finally decided to remove the bronze loincloth. After 25 years, in 1967 Diana was as the artist intended.
In removing the welded clothing though, the sculpture was again damaged. The decision was made to, at last, simply re-cast another sculpture from the original mold. The original was sold by the artist to the Mexico City mayor and ultimately sent to Ixmiquilpan in Hidalgo, the mayor’s hometown. It’s been prominently displayed in the city center there since 1970.