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Stone carving skills revived at Mexico’s first National Sculpture Park

Artists have donated works to be installed in a new public space, due to open in time for the Mayan Cultural Festival in October

An artist at work during the Symposium for Stone Sculpture at the Centro de Artes Visuales, Mérida

The Mexican state of Yucatán will be home to the first National Sculpture Park, due to open in time for the 2013 Mayan Culture Festival (17 October-3 November). The first 18 works that will become part of the collection are in production at Tuunich Ká, the Second Symposium for Stone Sculpture currently taking place at the Centro de Artes Visuales (CAV) in Mérida.

Local and international artists are donating their work to the state government at the end of the symposium this weekend, and the sculptures will be installed in a park on the art centre’s grounds. The pieces are mostly of medium size and are made from regional stones like conchuela, a shell and coral stone, macedonia, a marble stone, and ticul, an orange-red stone used at the ancient Mayan city of Uxmal.

The artist and organiser of the symposium, David Sierra, says “the idea is to return to the artistic value of stone carving that has not been seen since the Mayas” and “to put Yucatán at the epicentre of stone sculpture production within the country”.

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