Mérida, Yucatán — Our historic center is filled with glorious architecture and monuments. But modern Mérida doesn’t always get it right when installing public artwork, according to a local website.
Liberdad de Expresión Yucatán scoured the city and listed the five ugliest monuments in Mérida. See if you agree:
5. Parque de La Mariposa, Butterfly Park, in Melitón Salazar.
“It looks more like a hybrid of moth, bee, wasp and nightmares,” is the unkind critique.
4. The Xtabay glorieta
Critics are reminded of Little Red Riding Hood.
3. The Monument to the Ball Game, fracc. Del Parque
It looks more like the monument to the scotch tape, or according to one reader, a monument to a can opener.
2. The statue of Jacinto Canek
Located at the end of the avenue of the same name, the critic says this does not really honor the famed Mayan revolutionary — why is he on his knees? It is also known as the monument to King Kong.
1. Fuente Adefesio
The undisputed first-place winner, according to Liberdad de Expresión Yucatán, is in front of Plaza Fiesta. In 2014, it cost $300,000 pesos to replace a perfectly respectable fountain with this.
Photographs and observations by José Repetto