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“Amazing structures”

Edward James sculptor garden, Las Pozas
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Owner description: The sculpture park Las Pozas, located in Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, was created by Edward James, an eccentric English poet and artist, also a great patron of the Surrealist movement. Nestled in the Huasteca Potosina, Edward James found the perfect setting to create the work of his life. Between natural and artificial pools and waterfalls that prepare the mind to enter into a dreamy world, a surrealistic labyrinth unfolds. Buildings that evoke nonsense, doors that open up to nothing, stairs that lead to the sky, and concrete flowers that grow at the same time as the natural ones. The design of Las Pozas is inspired both in orchids and the greenery of the Huasteca Potosina, it combines ideas and concepts taken from the Surrealist movement in which Edward James was immersed. A Shangri-la, a fusion between organic and artificial things, between the jungle and concrete, thus managing to merge two worlds in just one. The origin of Las Pozas goes back to 1947, when Edward James (who lived in some kind of exile in the United States), purchased a coffee plantation near Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, and registered it in the name of Plutarco Gastelum, his close friend, together they created Las Pozas. During the first years, Edward James kept the Las Pozas as a display of his fabulous orchid collection, and as home for his many exotic pets. In 1962, after an unprecedented frost that destroyed a huge part of Edward James' plantation, he concentrated on constructing the sculptural garden we know today. The sculptural set of Xilitla is located inside a piece of land situated in a place called La Conchita, township of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí. It takes up an area of almost nine hectares. Between 1964 and 1967, the renowned painter, Leonora Carrington, visited the park, leaving an al fresco painted mural in El Castillo, Plutarco Gastelum's house, also Edward James' home during his visits. The image of the painting corresponds to a figure with human feminine traits and a zoomorph head. In 2007, the Fundación Pedro y Elena Hernández, A.C, acquired Las Pozas with the purpose of preserving the sculptures and protecting the flora of its surroundings. The Fundación Pedro y Elena Hernández, A. C., besides being in charge of receiving more than 80 thousand visitors each year, also works on: - The preservation and restoration of the structure - The preservation and restoration of the garden - The preservation and restoration of the areas of woods that belong to the property
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Worcester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing structures”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

This is a real hands on experience, fantastic even if you don't enjoy looking at buildings, there no restrictions anywhere and you get to touch and climb over a truly amazing collection structures and buildings surround by jungle, the photos we took could not do this unbelievable experience justice.

Visited December 2012
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Guadalajara, Mexico
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“you have to be there”
Reviewed December 19, 2012

a place done with all the love for flowers and plants to be enjoyed for natures lovers,ilike verething

Visited December 2012
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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico
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“Over the Top/Under the Jungle”
Reviewed December 4, 2012

Had read and heard about this place for years. Felt like the drive to it took years, over beautiful winding mt. roads, which were very good, but demanded slow and careful driving. Once there, it failed to impress. Much smaller scale than presented in documentary. So overgrown with the wild jungle that it was difficult to view. Sum it up a a rich man's fantasy to be artistic by spending much time, money and energy on a personal project. Surrounding area is breathtakingly beautiful.

Visited December 2012
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“a fantasy world...”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

this is a must do visit in the Huasteca. but take your time... make sure you have a great guide (Marcelo or Salvador).. bring a camera and ask for the LONG tour! this make take three hours but it is more than worth it!

Visited November 2012
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“a place to see before you die”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

you have to see this place, its the most amazing thing in the world, surrealism take to the next level. Edwar james, unknown son of England crown, built this surrealism paradise in the middle of nature. He was friend and sponsor of Dali, Remedios Varo and many others, and as their painting its amazing, Edwar took this to the 3D. its something just undescribable, you have to see it to belive it!!! it really worth it

Visited March 2012
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