A battle over a building and the art in its shadow

NYT – It is a simple sculpture: 64 concrete pyramids that stand in a perfect circle around two-and-a-half acres of rippling, black volcanic rock. Known as “Espacio Escultórico,” the sculpture was inaugurated in 1979 on the campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico. It is considered one of the most important pieces of land art in Mexico. But the recent construction of a white eight-story building nearby has prompted a furious protest that pits the university’s needs against Mexico’s cultural heritage.


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