Mathias Goeritz

MATHIAS GOERITZ, Esfera, bronze sculpture, c.1950s. Featured at the Eduardo Prieto Lopez House (aka.Casa Pedregal) in Jardines del Pedregal, Mexico City. Designed by a long time collaborator to Goeritz, architect Luis Barragán in 1945-1953. / NY Times

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Luis Barragan & Mathias Goeritz, Torres de Satélite, (1958)

The Torres de Satelite (“Satelite Towers”) are located in Ciudad Satelite, in the northern part of Naulcapan, Mexico. One of the country’s first urban sculptures of great dimensions, had its planning started in 1957 with the ideas of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragan, and sculptor Mathias Goeritz The project was originally planned to be composed of seven towers, with the tallest one reaching a height of 200 meters (about 650 feet), but a budget reduction forced the design to be composed of only five towers, with the tallest measuring 52 meters (170 feet) and the shortest 30 meters (98 feet).

Goeritz originally wanted the towers to be painted in different shades of orange, but changed his mind later due to some pressure from constructors and investors. It was finally decided the towers would be painted in red, blue and yellow the so called primary subtractive colors with the addition of white.

Thus, in the first days of March 1958, the Satélite Towers were inaugurated as the symbol of the newborn and modern Ciudad Satélite.

Torres de Satélite (1957), Ciudad Satélite, Mexico City, Perspective view of the towers. Undated. Luis Barragán.

Color chalk on cardboard. 719 x 730 mm. Barragán Archives, Barragan Foundation, Switzerland © 2014 Barragan Foundation, Switzerland / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Entrada del Hotel Camino Real, Mariano Escobedo 700, Anzures, Miguel Hidalgo, México DF 1968 

Celosía diseñado por Mathias Goeritz. 

Arq. Ricardo Legorreta

Foto. Armando Salas Portugal

Entrace to the Hotel Camino Real, Escobedo 700, Polanco, Mexico CIty 

Entrace screen created by Mathias Goertiz

Las Torres de Satélite, Ciudad Satélite, Naucalpan de Juárez, Estado de México, México 1957 

Arq. Luis Barragán con Mathias Goeritz y Jesús Reyes Ferreira 

Foto. Armando Salas Portugal 

Las Torres de Satellite, Ciudad Satelite, Naucalpan, Edo.Mex, Mexico 1957

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Torres de Satélite
—Luis Barragan

Wiki: The Torres de Satélite (“Satélite Towers”) are located in Ciudad Satélite, in the northern part of Naucalpan, Mexico. One of the country’s first urban sculptures of great dimensions, had its planning started in 1957 with the ideas of renowned Mexican architect Luis Barragán, painter Jesús Reyes Ferreira and sculpturer Mathias Goeritz. The project was originally planned to be composed of seven towers, with the tallest one reaching a height of 200 meters (about 650 feet), but a budget reduction forced the design to be composed of only five towers, with the tallest measuring 52 meters (170 feet) and the shortest 30 meters (98 feet).

Goeritz originally wanted the towers to be painted in different shades of orange, but changed his mind later due to some pressure from constructors and investors. It was finally decided the towers would be painted in red, blue and yellow the so called primary subtractive colors with the addition of white.

Bummer it wasn’t 200m!
I’ll guess I’ll have to try to live with these measly little guys.