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‘Xipe Totec’

Installed in 2010 as part of the 100th anniversary of the country’s National Autonomous University (UNAM), this pink and blue neon piece is the work of artist Thomas Glassford, a Mexico City resident born in Laredo, Texas.

It’s named after a Mexica (the pre-Columbian peoples better known internationally as Aztecs) god, revered for a legend in which he gave his skin to shelter humanity. His flaying is tied to the peeling of maize, with Xipe Tótec being a representative of both this staple crop and war.



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Memorial 68 20200kmsite_ao
Museo del Calzado (Footwear Museum) 20201.9kmsite_ao
Tomb of Hernán Cortés 20202.4kmsite_ao
Temple Ehécatl 20200.3kmsite_ao
‘El Baile de los 41’ (‘Dance of the 41’) Memorial Plaque 20191.8kmsite_ao
Salón de Cabildos (City Hall) 20192.1kmsite_ao
Rooftop Terrace at Museo del Estanquillo 20191.9kmsite_ao
Plaza Santos Degollado 20192kmsite_ao
Museo Universitario del Chopo (Chopo University Museum) 20192.2kmsite_ao
Ottoman Clock 20192.1kmsite_ao
‘El Vochol’ 20192kmsite_ao
Taquería Los Cocuyos 20192.2kmsite_ao
Helu’s Productos Árabes 20192.4kmsite_ao
Temple of Santiago Tlatelolco’s Stones 20190.1kmsite_ao
The Courtyard of the Franz Mayer Museum 20191.6kmsite_ao
The Franz Mayer Museum’s Silver Collection 20191.6kmsite_ao
Casa de la Memoria Indómita (House of Indomitable Memory) 20192.5kmsite_ao
The Secrets of Mexico City’s Secretariat of Public Education Murals 20191.6kmsite_ao
José Luis Cuevas Museum 20192kmsite_ao
Museo de Geología (Museum of the Institute of Geology) 20192.1kmsite_ao
Zócalo Metro Models 20191.9kmsite_ao
Café La Habana 20192.5kmsite_ao
The Hidden Secrets of Mexico City’s Monumento a la Revolución 20192.4kmsite_ao
Museo del Pulque y las Pulquerías 20191.7kmsite_ao
Monoliths of the Templo Mayor 20191.8kmsite_ao
This Historic Tile-Covered Building Now Houses a Chain Restaurant 20191.8kmsite_ao
Alexander Von Humboldt Monument 20181.8kmsite_ao
Pyramids of Tlatelolco 20180.1kmsite_ao
A Miniature Model of Mexico City 20182.6kmsite_ao
Gamers El Moro Video Game Museum 20182.1kmsite_ao
The Psychedelic Murals at a Mexico City Research Library 20182.3kmsite_ao
Palace of the Inquisition 20181.5kmsite_ao
Skull Rack of the Great Temple 20181.9kmsite_ao
Serpents of the Great Temple 20181.8kmsite_ao
CCEMx Site Museum 20181.7kmsite_ao
Aztec Serpent Head Cornerstone 20182.4kmsite_ao
Mexico City’s Museum of Folk Art 20172kmsite_ao
Mercado San Juan 20172.4kmsite_ao
Pantheon of San Fernando 20181.7kmsite_ao
The Cake Room at Pastelería Ideal 20182.2kmsite_ao
Mexico City’s Abandoned Art Deco Movie Palace 20172.5kmsite_ao

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