Sunday, June 4, 2023

Recovery work for 220 properties in Puebla will begin in June: Diego Prieto

Diego Prieto Hernández, general director of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), reported that hopes of intervention in 220 properties – the rest of the 621 – that were affected by the 2017 earthquake in Puebla, marked the beginning of the date next June. does. of works to avoid the “completion window by next 2024”.

During an interview after the delivery of the horse that makes up the unit of the image of Mr. Santiago de Izúcar de Matamoros, next to the image of Santiago delivered in October 2022, the federal official elaborated some of the characteristics that make it of September 19, 2017 Project Comprehensive Intervention of Cultural Heritage Affected by Earthquake.

what will happen to them alejandra fraustoThe Secretary of Culture at the federal level, the one in charge of coordinating this final stage of intervention because there are two financing components: one that has to do with the financing portfolio in the old Natural Disasters Fund, or Fondane, the system now focused on natural disasters, in which those There are resources for states that deal with damage to historical or archaeological monuments of a federal nature, and another, referring to the National Reconstruction Program (PNR), directed by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

The pillars of this project, the anthropologist said, would be the General Directorate of Sites and Monuments and the INAH itself, both dependent on the federal SC. “In particular, the President entrusted the coordination of the process to the Secretary Alejandra Frausto and for the exercise of this resource the one who will have the execution, conduct of the procedures and the use of the resource will be the Governor of Puebla, Sergio Salomon Céspedes. Peregrina, in whom the President trusts” .

Prieto Hernández, said President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, was the person who asked the Ministry of Finance and Public Credit (SHCP) to resolve the appeal, with the government of Puebla state agreeing on both modalities . “We are still in May and we are positioned so that the work will be operational in June.”

He said that although there is already an approach for appeal, it should be worked out with the SHCP, specifically with the Undersecretary of Expenditure and the Government of Puebla. “In order not to give wrong figures, we will announce it later,” he said.

He added that just as the amount to be allocated to Puebla will be announced soon, the program of interventions will be known later. “We have a preliminary calendar where the objective is to finish what the president has proposed to us and, in some cases, to see if in some we are authorized to have a completion window early next year, although The indication at the beginning is to end this 2023, which means compressing the calendar”.

In this sense, he added that there are cases of “very complex” properties in which “all efforts will be made to advance them”, so it is necessary that “work begins so that the calendars that are already defined are not next year”. pushed towards but they can be inducted only in 2023”.

When asked about the number of movable assets as part of this project, the head of INAH did not give an exact figure as he said that “there are dozens of them” and when speaking of them, it is better “to have movable assets”. To refer to the set that would be contained in a historic building.

The former, he accomplished, because when talking about this concept he refers to “various things and accessories” such as paintings, sculptures, altar pieces or frescoes, which are joined at the same time, As in altar pieces, images, decorative elements and paintings. of the easel, into which fits the question of whether it is an altar piece or if each of its components is numbered. “We are talking about dozens or hundreds of objects that are being restored by experts from both the INAH Puebla Center and the National Coordination for the Protection of Cultural Heritage (CNCPC), headed by María del Carmen Castro Barrera.”

In this sense, when talking about the intervention of Santiaguito and his horse, Diego Prieto considered that Santiaguito was the most difficult thing to fix, given that the horse is a new piece, made recently, which The collapse occurred on 19 September “it was not old, but a piece of wood, so it was not necessary to recover the original object”.

“We are focused on recovering the image of Santiago. Restoring it meant an experience to be emulated around the world: it was recovering a piece with a composite technique, an important component of sugarcane paste, wooden elements and then finishes that incorporate paint, gold leaf, various components that allow us to access sculptural techniques that they are no longer practiced in contemporary culture, but in the case of restoration specialists, they recovery as a careful and efficient job”, he concluded.

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