Teotihuacan VW bug takes a trip to Germany

By Fernanda Duque Hernández

This particular 'craft' will be on exhibition at the Autostadt in Wolfsburg, as part of the Dual Year Mexico-Germany

The ‘vocho teotihuacano’ – or Teotihuacan VW bug – will momentarily say goodbye to Mexico and ‘hallo’ to Wolfsburg, Germany, where it will be displayed until November 20th, as part of the Mexico-Germany Dual Year activities.

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Just as its name suggests, the 1994 German Volkswagen, produced in Puebla, Mexico, was decorated with artistic motifs of the ancient Teotihuacan culture, resulting in this beautiful masterpiece which fuses both past and present from these two iconic cultures.

This labor intensive process was made in the San Martín de las Pirámides arts and crafts workshop in the state of Mexico, where the legendary Teotihuacan, ‘city of gods’, is located.

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The work of five people, under the lead of Hector Garnelo Navarro, was needed to complete the job of mounting 19 thousand 800 semiprecious stones of 8 different types onto the structure of the car, a work that took more than two years to finish.

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Quetzalcoatl, the ancient god of wind and wisdom and creator of men, is represented in the intricate design, as well as a Teotihuacan mask, the sun and moon pyramids, a jaguar, an eagle, nopal cactus and prickly pears.

Since 2015, the ‘Teotihuacan bug’ has been an ambassador of Mexico’s prehispanic culture and part of the proceeds of its exhibition is destined for children in need of cancer treatment.

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This piece is part of the ‘vochos de obsidiana’ project, which is a 5 vehicle collection, each one decorated with designs of one of the five big Mexican civilizations: the maya, the olmecs, the toltecs, the Aztecs and Teotihuacan.

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