"The Millennia" by Mathis Lidice (2001)

The MIllenia

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 1960's.

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 Millennia" by Mathis Lidice (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.

Base of the sculpture

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.

Nezahuacoyotl & Quetzalcoatl

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.


The square where the statue is located was designed to honor the builders of Teuchitlan, Jalisco, the only Mesoamerican city with round pyramids.

Mathis Lidice, was born in 1936 in Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, he worked two years on this sculpture which was requested by the local PV government to celebrate the new millennium.

Author: M. A. Gallardo

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