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“Sol” is easily one of the most recognizable of the monumental works of the Ruta de la Amistad. It was created by artist Kiyoshi Takahashi in the events leading up to the 1968 Olympics. The work was originally installed on the Periférico highway about 4.5 kms west of its present location. It was moved to the intersection with Insurgentes Sur in 2013 as construction of the upper level of the highway made its original spot a little too crowded.
At 7 meters high, the sculpture is just two white spheres of reinforced. Each is then partially quartered to give, what the artist intended as an optical illusion of rotation. This should be especially apparent to passing motorists. Even if you don’t quite catch the illusion, the work is outstanding.
On the occasion at which the work was to be moved in 2013, the Ambassador of Japan launched the proceedings. In fact, Takahashi’s Sol, meaning simply Sun, has been quoted numerous times over the years to refer to relations between Mexico and Japan.
The work’s new home is in close proximity to many of the other works from the original Ruta de la Amistad. It was station #4 along the original route.