It was a long time coming, but it looks like the Plaza de Mayo, one of Buenos Aires’ most popular tourist attractions and historic locations, is getting the facelift it deserves.
In a video recently released by the city’s Ministry of Environment and Public Space, we are offered a preview of what the plaza will look like once renovation works are finished in April of 2018.
You may have noticed that construction work near the Casa Rosada has already begun and many tiles and large portions of grass have been removed. The goal is to prioritize pedestrian access and limit traffic, for which both Hipólito Yrigoyen and Rivadavia avenues will be losing a lane each in order to expand the plaza’s pedestrian areas with wider sidewalks, lit up floors and greener spaces.
It’s important to notice that while it seems that most tiles in the plaza will be replaced, the iconic white handkerchiefs representing the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo – currently painted on the ground around the May pyramid – seem to have been incorporated into the new design as well.
The one question that remains is what will happen to the decade-long camp set up at the plaza by former soldiers who for more than ten years have been demanding that the government recognizes them as veterans of the Malvinas War.
The total budget for the plaza’s renovation of AR $43,792,575 and works are expected to be finished by the end of the first quarter of 2018.
The Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires has been the epicenter of some of Argentina’s most important moments since the birth of the nation. From the May Revolution, the aerial bombings of 1955 and Evita’s speeches, to the meeting point of the mothers of the disappeared and the protests during the economic meltdown of 2001, few locations in this country can claim to have witnessed as much history as this place.
The design will be new but its symbolism remains as ancient as ever.