This impressive spiral sculpture starts off the Malecon on the north side, a piece that represents life, evolution, time and human development.
This large bronze spiral sculpture is right beside one of the oldest hotels in town, Hotel Rosita, right by the edge of the sea. This was the prior location of the mouth of Los Coamecates brook, a location where ships were loaded and unloaded by hand before the harbor area was established in the 1960s.
The piece was created to celebrate the new millennium and is full of symbolism and meaning. Inaugurated in its present location on October 31st, 2001.
The sculpture's spiral form symbolizes the passage of time, but on the sculpture itself, you are shown various elements that give a clearer idea of the message the artist, Mathis Lidice, is trying to convey.
At the base waves, water, the sea, where the original life appeared, a little further up a strand of DNA and from there an explosion of life and evolution, both natural and human, the base ends with symbols that represent the presence of Christ in history, on the front a sun and on the back various other symbols, including a pair of hands lifted in prayer.
In the second part, you can see a warrior, Charlemagne (Charles the Great), king of the Franks from the VIII and IX Century and founder of Europe, a model for this, the first millennium, encircled in flames, that emphasizes the violence and upheaval those 1000 years brought.
The second millennium is represented by poet king, Nezahualcóyotl from the XV Century as a symbol of universal wisdom, holding a Lithium atom (Bohr's atomic model) in his right hand (the discovery of atomic power) and with the left pointing to a sphere with America on one face and the dark side of the moon on the other, symbolizing the great discoveries in those 1000 years (the discovery of America in 1492 and when men walked on the Moon in 1969), but his face in decay also symbolizes that technology and philosophies have, in fact, also been used to destroy and kill as never before in history.
Quetzalcóatl, the feathered serpent, a symbol of wisdom unites the second millennium to the third.
The third and last millennium is symbolized by a woman trying to catch a dove (a peace dove), a wish that maybe, finally, in this third millennium all countries will attain their rightful place, women will obtain corresponding rights and together will once and for all attain the idealized goal of humanity: peace.
What does "The Millennia" represent and mean?
The bottom part of The Millennia sculpture symbolizes the time before Christ and the origin of life, some scientists have theorized that life started in underwater volcanoes, so the spiral of life starts off there and ends with the symbols of Christ going up the sculpture.
Charlemagne (Charles the Great)
The three top figures on the sculpture are the three millennia after Christ, initially, these figures were anonymous and, the author, based on his research before building the sculpture, he decided to choose one representative person from each of these millennia. So the first one Charlemagne (Charles the Great), was chosen based on his vision of the future, he was an exception among the other greats in that period, for he believed the Roman Empire would not last forever and would end up disappearing, as it finally did, and he created the replacement, Europe, that lasts until this day.
The second millennium is represented by Netzahualcóyotl, the wise poet king, that participated in all the cultural aspects of his time, symbolizing the cultural richness of that millennium. He has the symbol of a Lithium atom in his right hand, representing the intimate knowledge of the matter that was obtained during this period. His left hand points to America, symbolizing the encounter and discovery of this New World and also to the dark side of the Moon, another great achievement in this period, when men set foot on the surface of the Moon and the conquest of space. Life and death are also symbolized in the face of this king, the duality that represents the controlling principle of the universe in the indigenous mentality. The Second millennium also shows a lot of this duality, together with the highest triumphs of humanity we also participated in the worst atrocities, the two World Wars, the atomic bomb, complete cities destroyed, etc. So Netzahualcóyotl's face also symbolizes life and death.
Quetzalcóatl, the feathered-serpent
In principle Quetzalcóatl is the God of Wisdom, but the tail is from a rattlesnake and the feathers of the neck are puffed up, like the Quetzalcóatl sculptures at Teotihuacan, this is the way the artist tells us that along with wisdom, death and struggle, the conflict, are also brought over into the third millennium.
Women and the Future
Finally the third millennium is symbolized by a woman, the idea was that if I was using the human body to represent The Millennia, a woman was needed to include all of humanity, but even more importantly the best representation of the future, in human symbols, is the woman, she is the bearer of life, the giver of life. If also represents the artist's wish that women finally will become equal to man, not a copy of man as some women pretend, rather, that women develop their specific capabilities as have men with their own. The model used for this symbol was Noemí Deyanira Gómez López, Miss Puerto Vallarta and Miss Jalisco, that way a Vallartan woman would represent the third millennium, flying toward downtown Puerto Vallarta, trying to catch the peace dove, showing that the whole sculpture, a bit like a serpent, is finally just a search for peace.
You'll find this statue at the north end of the Malecon, on the SW corner of Hotel Rosita, at the end of 31 de Octubre street in downtown Puerto Vallarta.
The square where the statue is located was designed to honor the builders of Teuchitlan, Jalisco, the only Mesoamerican city with round pyramids called Guachimontones.
He worked two years on The Millennia sculpture requested by the local PV government to celebrate the new millennium.
Born on November 3, 1936 in Santiago Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Has lived in Puerto Vallarta since March 26, 1972.
His very active cultural and intellectual life has resulted in a long list of achievements, among these, we can mention some of the ones related directly to the artistic life and culture in Puerto Vallarta.
- Promoted the statue "Nostalgia" by scultor and artist Ramiz Barquet and its placement on the Malecon in 1984.
- As part of the Sister Cities committee, participated in the proyect that concluded with the placement of "The Friendship Fountain" on the Malecon in 1987.
- Worked on the project to install sculptures as the visual finishing touch for all the Malecon's perpendicular streets. Reinstalled the original Seahorse Statue (The Boy on the Seahorse) at Las Pilitas Beach, restored by Fernando Baños, Rafael Zamarripa and financed by Alejandro Meza.
- Authored the lyrics for the official Puerto Vallarta hymn, approved by the local government in May 1987.
- Future works include a sculpture in honor of Guadalupe Sánchez Torres, founder of Puerto Vallarta, and a monumental bust of the city historian Carlos Munguía Fregoso.
Author: M. A. Gallardo