For the last two years during the Day of the Dead season, Mexico City's main boulevard, the Paseo de la Reforma, has been decorated with enormous skulls called "Mexicráneos". These skulls are all identical in size and shape, but each one is decorated differently by artists from Mexico and other countries. This art exhibition has been sponsored by J. García López, one of Mexico City's funeral home chains. The third edition is now on display, and this year´s theme is "Orgullo Mexicano"... Mexican Pride.
Today I left Alejandro's house and went to the condo that I rent. It is located just a block from the Mexico City World Trade Center. As I passed by that building this afternoon to run some errands, I was surprised to see four of the "Mexicráneos" on display in the fountain pool by the World Trade Center.
This skull is entitled "Bordados"... "Embroideries"... and it is painted with designs that are typical of the embroidery work done by indigenous artisans.
This one, covered with the flags of many nations, is called "México Uniendo al Mundo"... "Mexico Uniting the World".
You can look forward to seeing more of the "Mexicráneos" on this blog as soon as I make it to the Paseo de la Reforma.