The Bicentennial Torch was recently completed and it’s now fully operational in Guanajuato, Mexico. The theme the designer Jose Clemente Orozco picked is inspired by the mural “Lucha social” (in English: “Social struggle”).The torch is held by Don Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, the leader of the independence, who leads the insurrection with the flaming torch in hand.
The monument is a 45 meter tall structure that highlights the main entrance to the city of Leon in Guanajuato,Mexico. The steel structure is 35 meter high, made of one hundred rings with a hundred voids. The monument also has a 10-meter tall concrete volume.
The sculpture lights up the place during nightfall, it seems as if it’s a great urban lamp and it also highlights the body and the scars of the leader of independence. The hundred rings seem enchanted during the night, because they seem to be rings of light. The number was chosen to represent the centennial of the revolutionary movement.
It’s a turning event in the history of Mexico, representing its independence. The body of Hidalgo is covered in 200 scars. On top of the 45 meters high monument there is a cauldron that projects a beam of light-it looks like a flame and it symbolizes freedom and infinity.
Hidalgo was also known as the “father of Mexico” and the bicentennial torch is a tribute for all the sacrifices that heroes have made to free Mexico.It`s a symbol for freedom and overcoming difficulties.