Let us leave at least flowers, Let us leave at least songs. ― Nezahualcóyotl
The Fountain of Nezahualcoyotlis deep in the interior of Chapultepec Park. One of the most beautiful monumental fountains in the Forest, it’s the work of the sculptor Luis Ortiz Monasterio, and was inaugurated on September 15, 1956.
Behind the Presidential Guard building, you can get there most directly by the Chivatito Avenue entrance to the park. The entire work covers some 1250 square meters.
Ortiz Monasterio worked with a generation of Mexican sculptors who adopted elements of Art Deco and Cubism, and then figures of working class and indigenous Mexican people. His work uses classical and geometric elements, and shows some pre-Hispanic influence. Ortiz Monasterio is best known for the Monumento a la Madre visible from Insurgentes Avenue.
In nearly all of his works, the artist applied concepts from numerology and Pythagorism and metaphysical concepts from the Aztec and Maya cultures. Historically, his work is divided into monumental public works with historical themes like the Nezahualcoyotl Fountain in Chapultepec (1956) and the Plaza Cívica de la Unidad Indepedencia (1962). He’s also well regarded for smaller, and often even more figurative works. Their sensual and seemingly mechanical appearance offers a notable reference to the mid-20th century when he was most active.