Monuments are a representative fragment of our cultural heritage, not only in western society, it deals with a characteristic
of our globalized present. These places, constructions or architectures, contain a symbolical meaning about historical
events or people who commemorate a turning point in our history, therefore they are directly related with human being
and its behavior. “Monument” comes from the Latin “monere”, that means “to remind”, “to advise” or “to warm”.

Tourism is another typical human behavior. The visit to these places, full of interests due to a historical importance,
it is an activity committed to entertainment, and, currently, linked to the quotidian within a broad social-economic
hierarchy. The existence of “whirlwind tour” allow people to visit dozens of monuments in different cities in just a few
days, digesting a limited meaning of that environment’s reality and culture.

These two aspects of our behavior join in this project to generate a new view, with a particular analytical bias, towards
the way of understanding our surroundings. In this work, in which I counted on CLUI’s help (Center for Land Use
Interpretation) in the development of this research, we can see a series of images that correspond with advertising
posters with touristic tours, similar to the ones that a real touristic agency could show. These journeys always start
from different points but, at the same time, very specific: uranium disposal cells that are found in different geographical

These kinds of “monuments”, created by the mankind and that remain as tombs as the Egyptian Pyramids, that were
built to preserve their content throughout the centuries as a sample of our civilization, the current one, and its activity.

MAPA Pablo
Experience: from Mexican Hat to Monument Valley // advertising poster // Printing photographic paper // 40×27 inches


This poster shows a tour from The Mexican Hat Uranium Disposal Cell to Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, considered
as a natural monument, therefore its landscapes as for its species richness, history, etc. Just only half hour distance one
to each other. This tour includes the visit to Anasazi Heritage Center, Goosenecks State Park, Cortez Cultural Center and
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Every oneof these places comprise a significative portion of the area´s culture and
there are a lot of monuments created by mankind or considered as well.

The documentation with images, videos and the advertising informations about the different tours will be available the a Experience Website:

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Experience Website

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