Topic: Buildings & Bridges
The Obelisk of Buenos Aires celebrates its 70th anniversary.
Just like Gardel, Maradona, dulce de leche, ball pens and colectivo buses, the Obelisk is Buenos Aires trademark.
Typical BA postcards feature it as the centerpiece in between Corrientes and 9 of July avenues. The last is the widest road in the world and yet another Argentine trademark.
This obelisk, alike those around the world –in Egypt, Washington, etc- are rationalistic monuments to modernity, tracing a continuous line throughout the evolution of the Western Civilization.
Inaugurated in 1936, this monument was built to commemorate the 4th centennial of the city of Buenos Aires foundation. And ever since it was built, regardless its detractors and enemies, the Buenos Aires obelisk has become the icon and centerpiece for every significant social celebration: from protests to political campaigns, to celebrate soccer championships.
Designed by the Tucuman Architect Alberto Prebisch for the Buenos Aires city governor Mariano Vedia y Mitre, the argentine obelisk was built in only 31 days. Siemens Bauunion was the contractor who carried on the construction.
The 221.46 feet tall monument raised a few eyebrows due to its immensity and hard lines. However, this monument is a celebration of our history; each of its four sides remembers one outstanding historical event of Buenos Aires. The first foundation of the city in 1536, the second and definitive in 1580, the first time the national flag was raised in Buenos Aires in 1812, and the constitution of Buenos Aires as the country’s capital city in 1880.
Some of the latest public events that had the obelisk as a main feature are:
- In 1989, the Black organization crew performed hanging from the trademark building featuring the air show: La Tirolesa Obelisco.
- In 1999, it became an immense altar and over 300,000 people attended a millennium mass.
- In 2002, Spencer Tunik portrayed 450 naked people around the obelisk.
The Obelisk Of Buenos Aires, Argentina
- On December 1st 2005, as part of the world’s Aids day, the city government covered the obelisk with a 220 feet pink condom.
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