Mexico City’s parks are a marvel, from tiny pocket squares of greenery with a single bench and pomp statue of a forgotten personage, no longer appreciated except by the pigeons, to world-class open air gathering spaces for the city’s residents and visitors, filled with towering trees, fountains, gardens, and incredible sculpture.
Great swaying airships of shiny balloons glide across the way, seemingly of their own accord until you notice a human pilot steering from below. Ubiquitous food stalls sizzle with salty meat and tortillas; sparking hunger even though you just ate. Animated street performers gather crowds and pocos pesos.
Sheltered by the trees and freed for a bit from the city’s concrete grids, city kids run and shout on playscapes and pathways. Plentiful benches host old quiet people, tired dazed tourists, oblivious dreamy lovers. I know, I have been one of all three.
This shot is of a section of two twin circular sets of concrete benches in el Parque de Los Venados. I've been posting pics of the accent tiles, beautifully detailed, miraculously unmolested and graffiti free. The park hosts big old trees, young families and events across the way at the Benito Juárez delegacion’s community space. Definitely worth a visit, this large has its own metro stop, and retains a more local vibe than la reina grande Alameda Central.
The wolves with lambs intrigued me so I did a little research on this coat of arms for the Mexican state of #Durango, an area named and carved out from indigenous lands before Mexico became an independent country. It was claimed by a group of conquistadores led by Francisco Ibarra. He named the area after his home region in close to Villa Durango, in Biscay, Spain. In the Basque language, this name means beyond the water. The symbolism has zero reference to its new world location. The #wolves running off with lambs are from the coat of arms for Biscay, derived from the an earlier crest of the family Haro and referring to Basque lore - but sadly I could not find a reference to which story.
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