Torres de Satelite, Ciudad Satelite

Monument · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
The Torres de Satélite ("Satellite Towers") are a group of sculptures located in the Ciudad Satélite district of Naucalpan, Mexico State, Mexico outside of Mexico City. One of the country's first urban sculptures of great dimensions, had its planning started in 1957 with the ideas of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán, painter Jesús Reyes Ferreira and sculptor Mathias Goeritz. The project was originally planned to be composed of seven towers, with the tallest one reaching a height of 200 meters (about 650 feet), but a budget reduction forced the design to be composed of only five towers, with the tallest measuring 52 meters (170 feet) and the shortest 30 meters (98 feet).

Goeritz originally wanted the towers to be painted in different shades of orange, but changed his mind later due to some pressure from constructors and investors. It was finally decided that there would be one tower each in red, blue and yellow, the primary subtractive colors, and two in white.

Thus, in the first days of March 1958, the Satélite Towers were inaugurated as the symbol of the newborn and modern Ciudad Satélite.
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  • It's an I come for a nice area well known in Mexico City, sometime government spend (or justify) some money and take care of the gardens and light them up, then it's nice place, some others they do not care and is outgrown bushes and dark area at night.
  • One of Barragan's great works. Although impossible to reach on foot, driving past it is quite an experience.

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