Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - The monument to General Lázaro Cárdenas was recently restored as part of the permanent cultural heritage maintenance program promoted by the municipal government, led by Mayor Arturo Dávalos Peña, through the Vallartense Institute of Culture (IVC).
The work of totally cleaning and replacing the copper nitrate based patina was carried out by Vallarta sculptor Héctor Manuel Montes García, under the supervision of the IVC, and in coordination with the Administration and Maintenance of Assets Directorate.
"The program of restoration, rehabilitation, and maintenance of the municipality's sculptural heritage continues with the intervention to the monument of General Cárdenas," said the director of the Institute, Marina de los Santos Álvarez.
As part of the maintenance work the effigy of the illustrious former president of Mexico was reinforced and turned 180 degrees on its base, so that it now points towards the ocean and overlooks the public square that bears his name.
The director of the IVC announced that renowned sculptor Octavio González will soon begin the comprehensive restoration of the set of sculptures by Alejandro Colunga called "La rotonda del mar," as well as the monuments to Don Benito Juárez García and Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla.
In accordance with its mission to preserve, protect, and promote the tangible and intangible elements that make up Puerto Vallarta's cultural heritage, over the last twelve months, the IVC has given corrective and preventive maintenance to a total of ten sculptures that required immediate intervention.
Among the most important were: "Tritón y Sirena" (Malecón), "La ballena y su calva" (Marina Vallarta), "Don Agustín Flores Contreras" and "El pescador" (Downtown), as well as the relocation of "La naturaleza como madre" (to the Malecón) and "Golfista Lorena Ochoa" (to Marina Vallarta).
The placement of identification cards on the eleven monumental sculptures that were produced during the I and II International Sculptors Forum Puerto Vallarta, respectively, was also concluded, and they were donated to the municipality by the Centro Universitario de la Costa (CUCosta).
In addition, the rehabilitation of the kiosk in the main plaza downtown is currently underway, in conjunction with the Directorate of Property Maintenance and Administration.