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‘La Conquista de la Energia’ (‘The Conquest of Energy’)

This mural was created in 1952 by the artist Jose Chavez Morado to decorate the outside of the building of what was then the faculty of science building at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It shows the artist’s idealistic and mid-century view of humankind as having emerged from a state of ignorance and fear to one of enlightenment and potential. It is, essentially, an unabashed ode to scientific progress.

The far left corner of the mural portrays a group of humans sitting around a dead tree in fear of the terrifying entities that run rampant above their heads. These figures represent an imagined state of humankind’s ignorance, fear, and superstitions. A cloaked skeleton, representing superstition and a manifestation of humans’ fears, throws its arms wide and seems to cackle at the defeated state of the people below. Nearby, a big cat, either a jaguar or a leopard, runs through the night sky, representing prehistoric humankind’s vulnerability to nature.



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Ruta de la Amistad (Friendship Route) 20213.4kmsite_ao
Casa Gilardi 20219kmsite_ao
Rockdrigo Memorial 202111.2kmsite_ao
Monumento a la Costurera 202110.4kmsite_ao
Juan Rulfo House of Culture Mural 20214.3kmsite_ao
Parque Masayoshi Ohira (Masayoshi Ohira Park) 20214.8kmsite_ao
Museo Nacional de Cartografía 20218kmsite_ao
Ahuehuete de Chalma 202151.8kmsite_ao
Ceiling of the Cloister of San Juan 20212.8kmsite_ao
Santa Prisca Skeleton 202097.1kmsite_ao
Pabellón Coreano de la Amistad (Korean Friendship Pavillion) 202010.3kmsite_ao
La Casa del que Mató al Animal 2021108.5kmsite_ao
Hotel Camino Real Polanco 202010.6kmsite_ao
‘Xipe Totec’ 202013.9kmsite_ao
Casino Cosmopolita 202047kmsite_ao
Memorial 68 202013.9kmsite_ao
Mexico City National Cemetery 202012.2kmsite_ao
Monumental House of Emilio “El Indio” Fernandez 20201.9kmsite_ao
Beatriz de la Fuente Teotihuacán Murals Museum 202054kmsite_ao
Museum of Tepexpan 202039.8kmsite_ao
Cuernavaca Cathedral Murals 202046.2kmsite_ao
Palace Atetelco 202052.5kmsite_ao
Palacio de Tepantitla 202054kmsite_ao
Vía Verde Vertical Gardens 20202.2kmsite_ao
Mixcoac Archaeological Site 20206kmsite_ao
Museo de Santa María de la Asunción 2020112.5kmsite_ao
La Gruta 202053.5kmsite_ao
Moctezuma Plaza 202045.8kmsite_ao
Museo del Calzado (Footwear Museum) 202012.1kmsite_ao
Camino Real Sumiya 202048.9kmsite_ao
Tomb of Hernán Cortés 202011.9kmsite_ao
‘Guerrero Chimalli’ 202022.8kmsite_ao
Temple Ehécatl 202013.8kmsite_ao
Cosmic Ray Pavilion 20200.3kmsite_ao
Museo De Arte Virreinal (Museum of Viceroyalty Art) 202097kmsite_ao
Museo del Barro (Museum of Clay) 202044.9kmsite_ao
Pre-Hispanic Mine of Taxco 201996.6kmsite_ao
The ‘House of Tears’ 202097.1kmsite_ao
Museum of Pathological Anatomy 20190.7kmsite_ao
FONART Patriotismo 20195.2kmsite_ao
Coyoacán Bazaar Toy Cemetery 20192.9kmsite_ao
Universidad 1601 20192.1kmsite_ao
‘El Baile de los 41’ (‘Dance of the 41’) Memorial Plaque 201912.2kmsite_ao
‘La Mujer Chimenea’ (‘The Chimney Woman’) 20195.9kmsite_ao
National Center for the Arts (CENART) 20195.3kmsite_ao
Salón de Cabildos (City Hall) 201912.1kmsite_ao
Rooftop Terrace at Museo del Estanquillo 201912.2kmsite_ao
Chapultepec Butterfly Garden 201910kmsite_ao
Museo de la Radio (Radio Museum) 20194.9kmsite_ao
Pyramids of Tenayuca 201922.2kmsite_ao
Espacio Escultórico (Sculptural Space) 20191.6kmsite_ao
The Devil’s House 201994.5kmsite_ao
Cocodrilo de Leonora Carrington 201910.9kmsite_ao
Grutas de Cacahuamilpa 201980kmsite_ao
Plaza Santos Degollado 201911.9kmsite_ao
Museo Universitario del Chopo (Chopo University Museum) 201912.4kmsite_ao
Dualidad Mural 201810.3kmsite_ao
Museo Casa de Carranza 201911.1kmsite_ao
Ottoman Clock 201911.9kmsite_ao
‘El Vochol’ 201911.9kmsite_ao
Plaza Loreto 20191.3kmsite_ao
Latrine Poems at Museo de la Natividad 201939.5kmsite_ao
Taquería Los Cocuyos 201911.8kmsite_ao
The Animals of Parque España 20199.2kmsite_ao
Biblioteca Palafoxiana 2019108.4kmsite_ao
Hellenic Cultural Institute’s Coffered Ceiling 20192.3kmsite_ao
Museo Dolores Olmedo 20199.7kmsite_ao
Helu’s Productos Árabes 201911.8kmsite_ao
Metro Auditorio 201910.3kmsite_ao
Mexican Calendars Exhibition at the Soumaya Museum 20191.2kmsite_ao
Ex Hacienda de Santa Águeda 201995.2kmsite_ao
Cineteca Nacional de Mexico 20193.6kmsite_ao
‘Asia in Ivory’ 201912.2kmsite_ao
Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco’s Stones 201914kmsite_ao
Moctezuma’s Treasure 201910.4kmsite_ao
The Courtyard of the Franz Mayer Museum 201912.3kmsite_ao
El Vilsito 20196.4kmsite_ao
The Franz Mayer Museum’s Silver Collection 201912.3kmsite_ao
Garden Santa Fe 20199.2kmsite_ao
Mercado Melchor Múzquiz Murals 20191.4kmsite_ao
CIS San Javier 2019107.2kmsite_ao
Casa de la Memoria Indómita (House of Indomitable Memory) 201911.7kmsite_ao
The Secrets of Mexico City’s Secretariat of Public Education Murals 201912.8kmsite_ao
Proyecto Público Prim (Public Project Prim) 201911.2kmsite_ao
José Luis Cuevas Museum 201912.6kmsite_ao
Museo Guadalupano (Virgin of Guadalupe Museum) 201918.2kmsite_ao
Museo de Geología (Museum of the Institute of Geology) 201913.3kmsite_ao
Museo del Metro (Metro Museum) 20194.8kmsite_ao
SCOP Center 20197.9kmsite_ao
Museo Robert Brady 201946.3kmsite_ao
Panteón Francés de La Piedad 20198.6kmsite_ao
Manuel M. Villada Museum of Natural History 201949.6kmsite_ao
National Museum of Anthropology Murals 201910.4kmsite_ao
Mexico’s National Sound Library 20192kmsite_ao
Mexica Sculpture Museum Dr. Eusebio Davalos Hurtado 201924.4kmsite_ao
Zócalo Metro Models 201912.3kmsite_ao
Café La Habana 201911.5kmsite_ao
Chalcatzingo 201984.9kmsite_ao
The Hidden Secrets of Mexico City’s Monumento a la Revolución 201911.9kmsite_ao
National Museum of Interventions 20194.4kmsite_ao
Calixtlahuaca 201953.4kmsite_ao
Museo del Pulque y las Pulquerías 201912.2kmsite_ao
‘Las Razas y La Cultura’ Mural 201910.3kmsite_ao
‘El Perfil del Tiempo’ 20190.8kmsite_ao
Museo Paleontológico Tocuila (Paleontological Museum of Tocuila) 201935.6kmsite_ao
Coatlicue Statue 201910.3kmsite_ao
Flowers & Gardens Spring Festival 201910.8kmsite_ao
Concrete Animal Cemetery 20198.2kmsite_ao
The Sweets Section at Mercado de la Merced 201912.2kmsite_ao
Mural of the Great Goddess 201952.5kmsite_ao
Monoliths of the Templo Mayor 201912.5kmsite_ao
Amparo Museum 2019108.4kmsite_ao
This Historic Tile-Covered Building Now Houses a Chain Restaurant 201912.1kmsite_ao
Death Mask of Pakal the Great 201910.3kmsite_ao
Faculty of Medicine Mural 20190.4kmsite_ao
Baths of Moctezuma 20199.4kmsite_ao
Mask of the Bat God 201910.3kmsite_ao
The Turquoise-Studded Skull of a Long-Dead Aztec Man 201910.3kmsite_ao
Monolith of Tlaloc 201910.3kmsite_ao
Xochipilli 201910.3kmsite_ao
Centro de Cultura Digital 201910kmsite_ao
The Pyramid of Santa Cecilia Acatitlán 201924.4kmsite_ao
The Coyote Fountain 20192.8kmsite_ao
Guillermo Tovar de Teresa House Museum 20199.8kmsite_ao
Foro Sol 201912.2kmsite_ao
Tacubaya’s Subway Mural 20197.7kmsite_ao
The Ex-Votos of Churubusco 20194.4kmsite_ao
Museo Anahuacalli 20184.3kmsite_ao
La Pasita 2018108.7kmsite_ao
Disk of Death 201810.3kmsite_ao
UNAM Botanical Garden 20181.8kmsite_ao
Alexander Von Humboldt Monument 201812.1kmsite_ao
Quetzalpapálotl Palace 201853.5kmsite_ao
Los Pinos 20189.7kmsite_ao
The Jaguar Cuauhxicalli 201810.3kmsite_ao
Desert of the Lions 201812.9kmsite_ao
Pyramids of Tlatelolco 201814kmsite_ao
A Miniature Model of Mexico City 201811.4kmsite_ao
Gamers El Moro Video Game Museum 201811.8kmsite_ao
The Mysterious, Ancient Pyramid of Cuicuilco 20183.6kmsite_ao
The Psychedelic Murals at a Mexico City Research Library 201811.7kmsite_ao
Palace of Cortés 201846.1kmsite_ao
House of the Eagles 201854kmsite_ao
Murals of the Parish of the Divine Savior 201853.8kmsite_ao
The Mexican Hairless Dogs of the Dolores Olmedo Museum 20189.7kmsite_ao
Palace of the Inquisition 201812.8kmsite_ao
Skull Rack of the Great Temple 201812.5kmsite_ao
Murals of Cacaxtla 201889.1kmsite_ao
Serpents of the Great Temple 201812.5kmsite_ao
‘Tomb of the Years’ at Tenayuca Pyramid 201822.2kmsite_ao
Future Forest 201810.1kmsite_ao
CCEMx Site Museum 201812.5kmsite_ao
The Source of the Risco 20181.6kmsite_ao
Rosary Chapel 2017108.3kmsite_ao
Mini Mundos 201825.8kmsite_ao
Pyramid of Ehécatl 201811.6kmsite_ao
La Escondida 201723.9kmsite_ao
Aztec Serpent Head Cornerstone 201812kmsite_ao
Mexico’s First Public Cable Car Soars Over Mexico City 201726.4kmsite_ao
Minichelista Restaurant 201614.8kmsite_ao
Pino Suárez Linear Garden 201846.9kmsite_ao
The Curious History of the ‘World’s Smallest Volcano’ 2017103.8kmsite_ao
Museum of Miniatures 2018108.3kmsite_ao
This College Library Is a Visual Masterpiece of Mosaic Art 20180.4kmsite_ao
Mexico City’s Museum of Folk Art 201711.9kmsite_ao
Biblioteca de México 201811.1kmsite_ao
Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo House Studio Museum 20172.3kmsite_ao
Secrets of Puebla Tunnels 2017108.7kmsite_ao
Mercado San Juan 201711.5kmsite_ao
Pantheon of San Fernando 201812.4kmsite_ao
The Puppet House’s Mexican Marionettes 2018103.1kmsite_ao
This Abandoned Hotel Is a Forgotten Gem in Mexico city 201710.3kmsite_ao
The Cake Room at Pastelería Ideal 201811.9kmsite_ao
Mexico City’s Abandoned Art Deco Movie Palace 201712.2kmsite_ao
Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo 198010.3kmsite_brutalism
Universidad Pedagogica Nacional 4.4kmsite_brutalism
Presidente Alema?n Social Housing 4.4kmsite_brutalism
Palmas 555 11.2kmsite_brutalism
Church of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal (Iglesia de la Medalla de la Virgen Milagrosa) 5.8kmsite_brutalism
Centro Cultural Universitario, National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) 19762.1kmsite_brutalism
Heroico Colegio Militar 9kmsite_brutalism
El Colegio de Mexico 4.1kmsite_brutalism
Taller de Arquitectura 197210.5kmsite_brutalism
Aqueduct of Padre Tembleque Hydraulic System 201578.1kmsite_whs
Luis Barragán House and Studio 20048.7kmsite_whs
Central University City Campus of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM) 20070.5kmsite_whs
Archaeological Monuments Zone of Xochicalco 199960kmsite_whs
Earliest 16th-Century Monasteries on the Slopes of Popocatepetl 199453.5kmsite_whs
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan 198753.6kmsite_whs
Historic Centre of Puebla 1987108.3kmsite_whs
Historic Centre of Mexico City and Xochimilco 198710.9kmsite_whs



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