The Tower of Tlatelolco
Since taking part in the world-wide student unrest of 1968 which shook Paris,
Mexico City, Tokyo and other cities, Sho Takahashi has continued his
association with radical movements in Japan and elsewhere. Having taken part
in the direct struggle on environmental and land issues in Japan, he has now
become engaged in resisting the consequences of the global economy and
unrestricted finance capitalism. He maintains contacts with the Zapatistas,
one of the first peasant risings to use modern technologies, such as the
Internet, to advance their cause.
To emphasise the important role of radical students with their enthusiasm and
special technical knowledge, Takahashi has designed a tower for the sculpture
park on the magnificent campus of the National Autonomous University of Mexico
(UNAM) to mark the occasions on which students have died in large numbers for
their ideals of a better society.
The Student Tower marks particularly the massacres of Tlatelolco in
Mexico City (2 October 1968), in the TianAnMen Square in Beijing (4 June 1989)
and in Tobong-gu in Seoul (19 April 1960) in each of which places several
hundred students were killed.