© 2016 Joseph Heathcott

Colonia Federal, Mexico City, 2018.

Installed for the juried show Fun House

Curated by Danijela Krha Purssey and Istvan Banyai 

Barrett Art Center

Poughkeepsie, NY

12 May - 23 June 2018

For the Barrett Art Center I submitted this image taken from a larger project on Mexico City Morphologies.  The 16" x 20" piece was created by stitching together a high resolution satellite photograph of Colonia Federal in Mexico City, and running it through several filters to emphasize the diagrammatic landscape condition.  

Colonia Federal cuts a dramatic form on the landscape of Mexico City. Planners laid out the highly formal and rigorously diagrammatic neighborhood in the 1960s, just south of the airport (seen at the top of the image). At the center of the octagon is a circular public plaza with a library, playground, and cultural center. From the center, 16 streets radiate out to comprise the spokes, woven together with five circumlocuting streets. This infrastructure creates 80 irregular rhomboid parcel geographies densely packed with homes and shops.  The streets in Federal are all named for federal-level ministries and branches of government, a kind of civics lesson baked in to the landscape.  

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