Mexico City’s Zocalo has a Giant Ant problem

April 5, 2017
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The “Giant Ants Parade” has been transferred from Reforma to Mexico City’s Zocalo so that visitors can enjoy the craft exhibition downtown. The exhibit is part of the promotion for the Festival of Flowers and Gardens (FYJA) 2017, which will take place in the Botanical Garden of the Forest Chapultepec from April 28 to 30.

The exhibition consisting of 44 ants, was kept for 14 days in central Avenida Paseo de la Reforma and was extended three more days due to the acceptance of more than 26,300 people who walked through the area.

Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera Espinosa, instructed the city ​​manager, Jaime Slomianski Aguilar, to move the exhibition to the capital Zocalo, which will be remain until next Friday afternoon so that those who visit the Historic Center have the opportunity to enjoy the works.

Each ant measures one meter 50 centimeters high and two meters long. The ants are constructed with perlilla and the artisans took more than six hours to shape each of the parts (head, body and legs).

To decorate them, more than 13,000 plants were used, among dianthus, brassicas, amaranths and philodendrons, as well as moss and coconut fiber.

Among the events that are planned in FYJA 2017, there will be samples of gardens and floral arrangements, art and nature exhibitions and floral exhibitions at emblematic sites in CDMX.





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