The city of San Diego was elected to host for the first time in the United States the show Nuestros silencios, the first monumental installation of public art ever presented by a Mexican sculptor in the city. Rivelino’s colossuses were placed in Ruocco Park, located along the San Diego Bay waterfront near Seaport Village, one of the most dynamic and important tourist sectors of the port.
The statues are situated in the same area where the monumental sculpture The Unconditional Surrender is exhibited, very close to a permanent show of US historical ships and the famous USS Midway museum. This huge aircraft carrier was the world’s biggest ship until 1955, and, just before being retired after 47 years of service, saw action in the Vietnam War and was the Persian Gulf flagship in operation Desert Storm. Moored in the Pacific Ocean, the imposing vessel is watched form the coast by half of the silent guards.
The other five statues face to the south, towards the most frequently crossed international boundary in the world. Many people, with or without documentation, field workers, smugglers, and many others, try to enter the United, attracted by the alluring American dream. Sometimes they are well received and even assimilated; sometimes they come across and insurmountable barrier. And they cannot always speak what they think.