The Man Who Lives in a Giant Naked Woman

Your Guide to the World's Hidden Wonders
May 9 2014 8:47 AM

The Man Who Lives in a Giant Naked Woman

1763603092_85d3634789_b

Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world's hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura.

Ever look at your house in dismay and think, "Why aren't you a naked woman?" If so, a trip to Tijuana will show you what's possible if you dare to dream.

In 1987, self-taught sculptor Armando Garcia approached government officials with a simple plan: to mark Tijuana's centennial by building a humongous naked woman in the middle of the city. To Garcia's dismay, they declined the generous offer.

Advertisement

Determined to bring his lofty plans to life, Garcia chose a spot in his own ramshackle neighborhood, Colonia Aeropuerto, and began building the woman he would eventually live inside. He missed the 1989 Tijuana centennial deadline, but stayed focused, sculpting the curves to mimic those of an ex-girlfriend.

By 1991, a voluptuous concrete woman towered five stories over the airport-adjacent ravine where Garcia lived. He named her "Tijuana III Millennium," but locals soon began referring to the lady-house as "La Mona," or "the doll."

For several years, Garcia lived inside the hollow woman with his wife. Their bedroom was located in La Mona's breasts, the study in her head, the kitchen in her belly, and the bathroom, appropriately, in her behind.

Garcia's ambitions go beyond La Mona — one of his long-time goals is to line the US-Mexico border with, in his words, "giant, nude Amazons." That project is still in the conceptual stages. In the meantime, Garcia has moved into another self-built, woman-shaped house in Puerto Nuevo called La Sirena. In 2012 he opened a French restaurant inside her stomach.

Other strange statues:


View La Mona in a larger map

TODAY IN SLATE

War Stories

The Right Target

Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.

The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget

It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is

I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights

Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.

Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.

Doublex

It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice

Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.

Building a Better Workplace

In Defense of HR

Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.

Why Is This Mother in Prison for Helping Her Daughter Get an Abortion?

The Only Good Thing That Happened at Today’s Soul-Crushing U.N. Climate Talks

  News & Politics
Foreigners
Sept. 23 2014 6:40 PM Coalition of the Presentable Don’t believe the official version. Meet America’s real allies in the fight against ISIS.
  Business
Moneybox
Sept. 23 2014 2:08 PM Home Depot’s Former Lead Security Engineer Had a Legacy of Sabotage
  Life
Outward
Sept. 23 2014 1:57 PM Would a Second Sarkozy Presidency End Marriage Equality in France?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 23 2014 2:32 PM Politico Asks: Why Is Gabby Giffords So “Ruthless” on Gun Control?
  Slate Plus
Political Gabfest
Sept. 23 2014 3:04 PM Chicago Gabfest How to get your tickets before anyone else.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Sept. 23 2014 4:45 PM Why Is Autumn the Only Season With Two Names?
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 23 2014 5:36 PM This Climate Change Poem Moved World Leaders to Tears Today
  Health & Science
Science
Sept. 23 2014 4:33 PM Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space? An investigation into the economics of reclining.
  Sports
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.