In a scruffy part-time art giant approached Tijuana city officials with a simple plan: He wanted to build a humongous naked woman in the middle of the city to mark the Tijuana centennial.
Unsurprisingly, they declined the offer.
The refusal did little to dissuade artist Armando Garcia. Armando simply relocated the work to his neighborhood, an overlooked ghetto of Tijuana, and began building. Though discouraged by his professors and with little woman from his classmates, the art student kept building and in he had completed his vision.
Standing more than five stories tall, rising from hovels and a trash dump, stands 18 tons of fully nude woman, her arm upraised with a pinky pointing to the sky. A sly gesture noting location of Tijuana on a map of Mexico.
La Mona – Tijuana, Mexico - Atlas Obscura
For Garcia the giant nude is more than just his hot fhm nude to fame. It was, for a long time, his home.
Garcia lived inside naked woman with his wife. Garcia has since moved to a new house, this one also in the shape of a giant woman but only from the waist up. He currently still uses La Mona as a work space.