I was in Mexico City last summer, doing research for the book and taking a much-needed break, when I stumbled upon the golden wings of Marin’s Alas de la Ciudad outside the Museum of Anthropology on the Paseo de la Reforma. Like a lot of the tourists, I stopped and posed between them for a picture, then stepped back and watched for awhile, letting the scene sink in. Now it’s a moment in the book, and sets the stage for the conclusion of El Ángel Exótico’s story.
While looking up photos of the sculpture today (no, you don’t want to see my selfie), I stumbled upon a news story from a couple of months back: LA Mayor Accepts “Wings of the City” Sculptures from Mexico. The wings are coming to the City of Angels—permanently.
Luchador will be published by Interlude Press in November.