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Ruta de la Amistad, or the Route of Friendship, consists of twenty-two large-scale sculptures that were commissioned ahead of the 1968 Summer Olympics to serve as permanent markers of the event in the landscape of Mexico City. Τhe sculptures were designed by artists of international renown hailing from five continents and were primarily constructed of concrete and steel. (...)

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Over the last two decades, local advocates, led by the Patronato Ruta de la Amistad A.C., have successfully rescued and restored most of the sculptures. (...)

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The 1968 Olympics marked an important moment in the history of Mexico City and the country of Mexico. It was a time of expectation and optimism, and the sculptures of Ruta de la Amistad were commissioned and designed to celebrate the ideals of international friendship and harmony. (...)

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Cartografía de una ruta sin brújula
Revista Travesía, Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Time running out for endangered sites in Mexico
San Francisco Chronicle, Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Alerta, monumentos en riesgo
El Universal, Sunday, October 9, 2011
World Monuments Fund“Latin American Modernism at Risk” panel discussion presented by World Monuments Fund and The Museum of Modern Art
May, 2015

“Latin American Modernism at Risk” explored the preservation challenges faced by modern buildings and sites in Latin America. Panelists spoke about Watch sites featured in the MoMA exhibition “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980.” Opening remarks by MoMA’s Barry Bergdoll and WMF’s Lisa Ackerman. Panelists: Javier Ramirez Campuzano (Ruta de la Amistad); John Loomis (National Art Schools); Claudio Vekstein (Casa Sobre el Arroyo); Paulina Villanueva Arismendi (Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas); and Enrique Vivoni Farage (Henry Klumb House).

Source: The Museum of Modern Art, New York

World Monuments FundWorld Monuments Watch Sites Presented in “Latin American Modernism at Risk”
May, 2015

This 15 minute video compilation includes excerpts from several documentaries as well as original footage featuring the five World Monuments Watch sites presented at the “Latin American Modernism at Risk” panel discussion presented by WMF and MoMA on May 5, 2015.

Alexis Abarca: Amancio Williams – Casa Sobre el Arroyo, Argentina
Carlos García Arce & Manuel García Fonteboa: Transposiciones - Casa Klumb, Puerto Rico
Grimanesa Amoros: Magical ISA – National Art Schools, Cuba
Juan Andrés Bello: Villanueva, El Diablo – Ciudad Universitaria de Caracas, Venezuela
Luis Javier de la Torre/Javier Gutierrez: Fortunate Events - Ruta de la Amistad, Mexico

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World Monuments Watch Day

The Patronato Ruta de la Amistad undertook an extensive Watch Day promotion campaign, featuring artistic installations throughout the city center. The event included the placement of time capsules in the relocated sculptures, a press conference, and a night-time bicycle tour by over 1,000 cyclists.

On Youtube: The New Route of Friendship
On Facebook: Become a fan
In the Blogosphere: La Embajada participa en la celebración...
Dig Deeper: Watch Day Slideshow , Watch Day Video