There’s a town in Mexico named El Alberto which is 800 miles south of the US border. You wouldn’t think a town of 3,000 people would attract many visitors but here is where travellers from all over come to participate in a simulated illegal border crossing.
Not all libraries are old and crickety. Venture to Mexico City and step into the Biblioteca Vasconcelos and you’ll be gobsmacked by what you see. This library – mega-library to be precise – is a work of art and covers an area of 38,000 square metres.
The Lord of Patience, as this three-foot tall icon is known, is a centrepiece for worship at the Church of San Bartolo Cuautlalpan in Mexico. At first glance, the statue of Christ is very similar to many other religious icons, and it was only during a recent restoration project that researchers at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History discovered a hidden secret within the 18th century object.
Somewhat reminiscent of this park in Austria’s Gruner See that becomes submerged in lake water every June, in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, an optical illusion of an underwater river occurs naturally with a layer of hydrogen sulfate looking like the real river deal.
Photographer Oscar Ruíz partnered with Publicis Mexico for an awareness-raising campaign called Erase the Differences with a very simple message: to cast a light on community development issues and inequality in Mexico.
Based out of Madrid, Boa Mistura (meaning ‘good mixture’ in Portuguese) is on a mission to bring about rejuvenation throughout the world by spreading art ‘as a symbol of social change’. This art collective has traveled all over, from Brazil to South Africa, and their latest efforts took the team to Querétaro in Mexico, where ‘the team recruited members of the working class town to paint over 30 buildings overlooking the nearby highway’.
Xochimilco might be the creepiest place on Earth. This man-made island is in a southern borough of Mexico City and named La Isla de las Muñecas (The Island of the Dolls). Except these dolls are decaying. They’re hanging from clotheslines. Their skin is scabbed and their eyes stare at you. Or so they say. Legend has it that in 1950, a little girl drowned in the canal here and her spirit began haunting the place.
With a murder rate of 169 per 100,000 people in 2011, San Pedro Sula was named the world’s most violent city in a study by Mexico’s Citizens’ Council for Public Security and Criminal Justice. Inmates have controlled Honduras’ 24 prisons ‘since the state gave up on rehabilitating convicts’ and arms and drug trafficking have ‘flooded the country’ to make matters worse.
Mexican street artist Saner creates incredible, colourful, detailed ink drawings, sculptures and acrylic paintings, many of which end up as dramatic murals all over the world. His is so highly regarded now that his latest exhibition, El Cenit Del Venado, at Fifty24MX Gallery in Mexico City was already almost completely sold out after just the […]
Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos as it’s known in Spanish, took place in Mexico in early November with beautiful imagery captured of the celebrations. Honoring the lives of lost family members and friends, this festival sees alters full of candles and food, bunches of marigold flowers set upon graves, ‘pan de […]
What kind of trickery is this? Niños Conarte from branding agency Anagrama created a vibrant playground out of a library Monterrey’s Fundidora Park with more space to play than you’ll find in most libraries, and we don’t mean hide and seek. The bright geometric bookshelves — which resemble mountainscapes in a nod to the topography […]
Take a look at this library in Monterrey, Mexico. Designed by the team at Anagrama, the Children’s Library and Culture Center lies inside a warehouse-like building and boasts an incredibly modern design that sees neon rafters and shelves offset by angular shaped shelving and flooring.
These extraordinary pictures demonstrate the efforts of the first all-female armed Citizen Police group in Xaltianguis, Mexico (25 miles north of Acapulco). Formed this past summer, housewives, mothers and even grandmothers banded together to make their town safer amid the violence and corruption of the region (60k people dead since the country took a tough stand on drug cartels in 2006).
I was scrolling through National Geographic’s Photo of the Day archives and spotted this absolutely bizarre one. The photographer had cruised over this housing complex on the edge of Mexico City a few times before snapping the shot, and managed to catch it as the late afternoon sun illuminated the confectionery shop-style houses. It’s both […]
Every year since 1989, the National Protechnic Festival has been lighting up the skies and streets of the municipality of Tultepec, State of Mexico. Attracting over 100,000 people to the nine-day event, the festival is literally just a huge crowd of people lighting spectacular fireworks and burning castles. Thanks to photographer Thomas Prior, we can see the action take place from […]