At the end of Avenida Revolución in Tijuana an impressive “Reloj Monumental” stands prominently overlooking the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
This millennium project was built for the year 2000. No matter when you go to visit (weekend or weekday, day or night) the arch creates a festive feel. The arch, with its clock, was supposed to be a symbol of binational cooperation. Apparently, however, when 9/11 happened the binational ceremonies were cancelled and the clock’s symbolism was diminished due to American fears over terrorism.
The placard on the bottom reminds us of Tijuana’s persistent strength in creating beauty and cooperation among its diverse population. Many perhaps don’t know, but Tijuana and all of Mexico have welcomed immigrants from many different countries for centuries, including the Chinese, Japanese, Russians, Spanish, Germans, Dutch, Armenians, Jews, Amish and many more.
“En El Corazón de Tijuana”
Como un regalo de los Tijuanenses a esta noble y próspera Ciudad, se entrega el “Arco y Reloj Monumental” como símbolo de fortaleza y unión de sus habitantes hacia el nuevo milenio.
Lic. Francisco A. Vega de Lamadrid
Tijuana, Baja California, Noviembre del 2001
“In The Heart of Tijuana”
As a gift from the Tijuanenses to this noble and prosperous city, the “Monumental Arch and Clock” is presented as a symbol of the strength and union of its inhabitants towards the new millennium.
Francisco A. Vega de Lamadrid
Tijuana, Baja California, November 2001