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  • The head of the Ministry of Culture, Alejandra Frausto and the president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, speaks during a press conference at the National Palace, in Mexico City, 2 April 2019.

    The head of the Ministry of Culture, Alejandra Frausto and the president of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, speaks during a press conference at the National Palace, in Mexico City, 2 April 2019. | Photo: EFE

Published 2 April 2019

President of Mexico, Andres Manuel López Obrador, announced on Today the details of "the biggest and most important artistic and cultural space in the world."

The President of Mexico, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, brought to light on Tuesday a cultural project for the Chapultepec Park. The project aims to convert the park, located in the heart of Mexico City,  into "the biggest cultural space in the world."

It will be developed by the plastic artist Gabriel Orozco in collaboration with the Government of Mexico City.

Gabriel Orozco is a Mexican artist born in 1962 in the state of Veracruz, Mexico. Orozco work includes drawing, installation, photography, sculpture and video. His work is focused on human, nature and geometric abstraction.

Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco's exhibition, Palacio de Cristal, Madrid / EFE

"It will be the largest cultural and artistic space in the world, it will be a free space, it will be a safe space, and in these 800 hectares you will be able to walk with freedom and safety," said Lopez Obrador at a press conference on Tuesday. He added that Orozco will not charge anything for his services.

The president announced the cultural complex will be built on an 800-hectare former military base and will become the "Fourth Section" of the Chapultepec Park. 

"This is an accompaniment to what the transformation of the country means in terms of changing the way of governing, to allow our people to live in conditions of justice, in a better society without poverty or marginalization with art, culture, joy and happiness," added López Obrador.

The rehabilitation of Chapultepec will occupy a surface far larger than other urban parks of this type, such as Central Park, in New York, which covers approximately 340 hectares.

"It is a project which articulates 11 museums, five parks, natural areas, the Pantheon of Dolores, the Fair and three equestrian centers," said the Secretary of Culture, Alejandra Frausto.

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