Monday, February 19, 2007

cascada post 7

Álamo Veracruz

There is a small town near the coast in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, called Álamo. The Internet says the population is 40,000 but to me it seemed smaller. You can see it on this map, near Tuxpan:

I really don't know much about the place, except that it seems to be the 'national capital' for oranges. My wife and I passed through there with Rita and Louie back in August, 2005, when driving back to Texas after a vacation in Xalapa. There is one incredible thing there in Álamo, and maybe more, but as I said we were just passing through. That is a huge concrete sculpture of a man emptying a large basket of oranges. Here is a picture just showing the oranges falling to the ground. Each orange is 2 to 3 feet in diameter and made of concrete.

Next is a picture looking up at the sculpture from underneath:

Next are a couple of pictures from further away which gives a better idea of the immense size:

Its really a shame how the electric wires and poles and signs obscure the view. On the other hand you wouldn't have believed how big it was.

Here is a detail of the oranges themselves. Remember, they are all made of concrete and 2 to 3 feet across:

concrete oranges 2 to 3 feet in diameter

Here are the guys that did it, inscribed on the basket of the sculpture itself, which you can see very small in the 'looking up' picture:

I need to find these guys because I would like to build some geometric sculptures (much simpler) myself, and I don't have a clue how to do it.

If you know about this kind of thing, or about Álamo, please chime in.


Anonymous said...

I love the orange guy. That is on my agenda on the next trip.

Anonymous said...

me siento muy contento de ver este cambio, mi nombre es Juan Hernandez Rivera. soy del ejido de pueblo nuevo jesus lomeli #10 nieto de la señora esperanza, si alguien ve mi mensaje denle saludos a mi madre de mi parte ,,,, alguien me puede ayudar ........ me necesito comunicar con Yvel Cruz Ostoa la hija del prof. eulalio cruz ostoa que daba o aun da clases en la escuela 18 de marzo mi correo de mensajes ( e-mail de nueva york ) porfavor atte. el immigrante

JB said...

anon 1: I hope you get to see the orange guy soon!

anon 2: I hope you find what you are looking for, or it finds you!

Anonymous said...

ke tal, yo soy de alamo,, estudio ing. electronica en poza rica, veracruz, cualquier cosa que deseen contactar de alamo, avisenme y yo paso sus recados,, mi correo es:

saludos desde alamo, veracruz