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José Artigas Monument / Plaza Uruguay

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Plaza Uruguay Artigas

The Plaza Uruguay is a popular park in Polanco. It’s arguably most well-known for a Brutalist fountain in the center. It’s also well-known for the monument to Urugayan independence leader General José Gervasio Artigas. The statue stands facing the Avenida Horacio just to the north. Together, the plaza and the avenue set quite the tone for the entire area.

  • José Gervasio Artigas Arnal (1764–1850) was a general, statesman, and national hero of Uruguay and the broader Río de la Plata region. He’s sometimes called the “the father of Uruguayan nationhood.”

The monument is the work of Armando Gonzalez, who created several portrait monuments to Artigas. The plaza itself commemorates the Uruguayan expat community who took refuge in Mexico during the 1970s military junta. The park though, dates from 1930 when the neighborhood was still being delineated. The “civic military dictatorship” in Uruguay lasted from 1973 until 1985. At 1976 US Congressional hearings, it was stated that one in five Uruguayans were in exile at that time. This plaza was, for many of those years, a badly needed symbol of their unity.

Visible even from the avenue to the north, the fountain at the middle of the Plaza Uruguay has reassured passing Polanquenses for generations. It’s not a major plaza, nor a major fountain. But then, how often do we speak of Brutalism being reassuring?

How to get here
  • Hegel/Avenida Horacio Polanco V Secc, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 CDMX

Nearby

Punto México

Nearest at 0.24 kms.

Pablo Goebel Fine Arts

Nearest at 0.35 kms.

Metro Polanco

Nearest at 0.35 kms.

Galería Alfredo Ginocchio

Nearest at 0.39 kms.

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