Thursday, April 2, 2009

Xploring Xilitla - Las Pozas

If you have the time and want to explore off the beaten track in Mexico, then make sure you head off to Las Pozas in Xilitla and visit the surrealist sculpture garden of the "crazy Englishman" Edward James.....

A patron of the major surrealist artists of his time, he also indulged in creating fantasy worlds of his own in the form of floral sculptures, staircases ascending to nowhere, Escher and Gaudi -like architectural structures all eerily staged in the steamy jungle of Xilitla amidst natural pools and waterfalls. Most such doodlings would have remained quite simply on paper, but he possessed the material inherited wealth to make his dreams concrete...literally... and with the help of a local modest Mexican mason, Las Pozas was born. Xilitla is nine hours from Mexico City, and be sure to watch out for more posts and photographs of this fascinating folly...

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12 comments:

itsnotjustapicture said...

what a fascinating looking garden and something i would surely visit.
thanks for sharing this delightful place with all of us.

SandyCarlson said...

I will! That looks like a neat place.

jess gonacha said...

amazing! when i finally et myself to mexico one day, i will be referencing your blog for sure. everything you post looks incredible!

Sylvia K said...

That is a fascinating garden! Lovely photos! Thanks for sharing!

Arija said...

Most evocative sculptures, I like them.

Marites said...

the place looks fascinating albeit strange:)

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Rinkly Rimes said...

How amazing! Imagine walking through the jungle and suddenly finding THAT!

Lakshmi said...

fascinating ...I am content for now seeing it through your eyes

Russ said...

Beautiful and very interesting. Not sure I could pronounce those 'X' though...

Me and my puppies said...

Fun and interesting photos

bettyl said...

What a terrific find! How fascinating and thanks for the history!

A Cuban In London said...

Absolutely a must-see for me if I ever make it to Mexico. I am a fan of surrealism and love Escher's work. Many thanks.

Greetings form London.