Great Gardens: Las Pozas, Mexico
Las Pozas (“The Pools”) is a subtropical garden established by twentieth-century British poet Edward James. Soaring out of the Mexican jungle near the town of Xilitla, the gardens are home to enormous concrete works of art that live alongside the tropical landscape. Read more on NOWNESS -
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MEXICO: LAS POZAS DE XILITLA
Welcome to the surreal gardens of Las Pozas de Edward James.
It's a fantasy world tucked away in the Jungles of Xilitla, a Pueblo Magico of Mexico. Built by an eccentric Millionaire, and slowly being reclaimed by the forest, Las Pozas is one of the secrets of San Luis Potosi. It's an amazing place we only heard about by chance, but happy we could add it in... cause damn... I've never seen anything like it.
Walking in the doors of Las Pozas, you begin to see a sculpture park being taken over by nature. During the hours we spent there, we didn't see very many other tours or tourists. Perhaps it's because of the labyrinth like design, but there was a lot of time we were just relaxing by the pools all by ourselves
Getting to San Luis Potosí took us a little while. We drove up from Mexico City to see Las Pozas de Xilitla and Cascada Tamul. We didn't realize how much there is to see here. Puente de Dios, Sotano de Golondrinas, and much more... As a Canadian visiting Mexico, I'm not used to so much density of cool things to do.
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Las Pozas (The Pools) - Edward James' Surrealist Sculpture Garden
The English poet, Edward James and his comrade Plutarco Gastelum built a surrealist sculpture garden by a waterfall in Xilitla, in the Mexican jungle, in the 1950's. My images, many of them shot in HDR, are set to the music of Igor Stravinsky, another comrade of Edward James.
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XILITLA. SAN LUIS POTOSI, MEXIC0 - Hola Amigos! Welcome back to San Luis Potosi! This time you're getting 3 amazing points of interest in the Huasteca Potosina region in one video! Firstly, we check out the magic town, Xilitla, where we have the dish famous to the area - Enchiladas Huastecas con cecina (dried meat). We then move on to the bizarre and surreal Edward James Garden - information on this you can find below!
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**EDWARD JAMES GARDEN INFO (WIKIPEDIA**
Las Pozas (the Pools/the Wells) is a surrealistic group of structures created by Edward James, more than 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level, in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico. It includes more than 80 acres (32 ha) of natural waterfalls and pools interlaced with towering surrealist sculptures in concrete.
Las Pozas is near the village of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, a seven-hour drive north of Mexico City. In the early 1940s, James went to Los Angeles, California, and then decided that he wanted a Garden of Eden set up . . . and I saw that Mexico was far more romantic and had far more room than there is in crowded Southern California. In Hollywood in 1941, his lifetime friend and cousin, Magic Realist painter Bridget Bate Tichenor, encouraged him to search for a surreal location in Mexico to express his diverse esoteric interests. In Cuernavaca, he hired Plutarco Gastelum as a guide. They came to know Xilitla in November 1945. Eventually, Plutarco got married and had four children. James was Uncle Edward to the children and frequently stayed with them in a house Plutarco had built, a mock-Gothic cement castle, now a hotel – La Posada El Castillo.
Between 1949 and 1984, James built scores of surreal concrete structures which carry the names The House on Three Floors Which Will in Fact Have Five or Four or Six, The House with a Roof like a Whale, and The Staircase to Heaven. There were also plantings and beds full of tropical plants, including orchids — there were, apparently, 29,000 at Las Pozas at one time — and a variety of small homes, niches, and pens that held exotic birds and wild animals from the world over—James owned many exotic animals and once even took his pet boa constrictors to the Hotel Francis in Mexico City.
Massive sculptures up to four stories tall punctuate the site. The many trails throughout the garden site are composed of steps, ramps, bridges and narrow, winding walkways that traverse the valley walls. Construction of Las Pozas cost more than $5 million. To pay for it, James sold his collection of surrealistic art at an auction.
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Xilitla: The Surreal Gardens of Las Pozas
Excerpt from the BBC series Around the World in 80 Gardens, with Monty Don. One of the true wonders of the world, Edward James' stunning, surreal gardens set in the mountains of northern Mexico.
The Secret Life of Edward James (1978): Presented by George Melly
The Secret Life of Edward James, George Melly's documentary film from 1975. The film is a biography of surrealist art collector Edward James. James was patron of René Magritte, Leonora Carrington and Salvador Dalí (the Mae West Lips sofa was originally designed for his house Monkton), and lived the only life a responsible aristocrat can lead: inventing impossibilities and flouting convention.
James' life is a catalogue of incredible moments: the argument of his royal paternity, defacing his Lutyens-designed home with surrealist flair, his scandalous divorce and bisexual forays. All of this was a prelude to his final monument: Las Pozas. A surrealist sculpture garden filled with gigantic concrete structures that burst out of the Mexican jungle, it is full of needless and wonderful invention.
Not screened since its first appearance over 35 years, this film is a serious addition to the canon of British eccentricity. Jazz musician and art historian George Melly teases out James' unique character as only a fellow member of the rarefied clan could. The Coelacanth Journal's 7th issue on the theme of 'High Rise'. To find out more, go here:
SIERRA GORDA--Edward James' Las Pozas, Xilitla, Mexico
Slideshow of English Aristocrat Edward James' Surrealist Architectural Masterpiece at Las Pozas in the Sierra Madre Rain Forest of northeastern Mexico built alongside the Pozas River from '45 to '70. Soundtrack 'Witness' by Sarah McLachlan from Surfacing '97
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Spend the day exploring Edward James Castle in Xilitila, San Luis Potosi ! This surrealist garden, was constructed over the course of 40 years, and is just starting to become a major tourist attraction in Huasteca Potosina. Follow us as we walk around this 80 acre jungle maze, filled with odd sculptures, structures, and buildings that don't seem to make any sense . You have never see another place like this in the world, trust me. Make sure to subscribe for more adventures from Mexico from my gringo perspective.
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XILITLA: Jardín Surrealista Edward James (2018)
Bienvenido al Jardín Escultórico Surrealista en Xilitla, San Luis Potosí y conoce la historia detrás del castillo de Edward James???? ????
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Si te preguntas qué hacer en el pueblo mágico de Xilitla. Sabrás que 'Las Pozas', el jardín mágico del surrealista Edward James, es uno de los mejores lugares para visitar en México.
A sólo 7 horas de la Ciudad de México puedes conocer el mágico jardín surrealista en medio de la selva de la Huasteca Potosina. La obra maestra del artista británico Edward James (1907-1984), quien encontró el lugar perfecto en Xilitla, San Luis Potosí. Con el fin de materializar la obra de su vida: “El Jardín del Edén”: un refugio mágico en armonía con la naturaleza lleno de grandes estructuras de concreto y orquídeas; edificios sinsentido con escaleras que llevan al cielo y laberintos que terminan en pozas. Un silencioso paraíso rodeado de cascadas y luz que acaricia cada rincón de sus paredes. Un mundo imaginario que desafía la gravedad y el sentido común
Visita el Jardín escultórico Edward James, Las Pozas
¿Dónde están Las Pozas (Jardín Escultórico Edward James)?: Camino Paseo Las Pozas s/n, Barrio La Conchita, 79902 Xilitla, S.L.P.
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Las Pozas,The Surreal Sculpture Jungle Park | Xilitla, Mexico
Las Pozas,The Surreal Sculpture Jungle Park | Xilitla, Mexico
Las Pozas means The Pool — The surreal sculpture jungle park, which is one of the relatively new attractions in Mexico. Is this incredible park complex at an altitude of about 610 meters above sea level in emerald mountains range of the Sierra Madre, near the town Xilitla, Mexico. It includes more than 80 acres or 320,000 m2 of natural waterfalls and pools interlaced with towering Surrealist sculptures in concrete.
Las Pozas, Xilitla was the creation of Edward James, the eccentric English poet and artist, and patron of the Surrealist movement. Its origins date back to 1947 when Edward, living in semi exile in Mexico, acquired the coffee plantation near Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, - now known as Las Pozas - registering it in the name of his friend and guide Plutarco Gastelum, who would later become the foreman and overseer of all construction there. For the next ten years Edward used “Las Pozas” to plant orchids and as a home for exotic animals. After a unprecedented frost in 1962 destroyed many of the orchids, Edward started building the extraordinary sculpture garden we see today. The design of Las Pozas was inspired both by his orchids and the vegetation of the Huastecan jungle combined with architectural elements taken from the Surrealist movement he was so closely involved with.
In 2007 Fondo Xilitla acquired Las Pozas, with the purpose of conserving the magnificent sculptures of Edward James and to protect the surrounding land and gardens. Fondo Xilitla was created by the Pedro and Elena Hernández Foundation, one of Mexico's best known and most active charitable organizations, with support from the government of San Luis Potosi and CEMEX, the worldwide cement and infrastructure company. Fondo Xilitla is a non-profit charity in Mexico and is establishing charitable (501c3) status in the United States.
Fondo Xilitla took administrative control of Las Pozas in January 2008. The local on-site director is Juan Manuel Fraustro who for more than ten years was the delegate of Mexico's INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) for the state of San Luis Potosi. The administrative director is Ernesto Gomez, an accountant with many years of experience in the non-profit sector. Fondo Xilitla is currently working on a master plan to establish priorities in the conservation of the more vulnerable structures, and to ensure that visitors and tourists enjoy a quality cultural experience.
Part of the experience is to approach edges in an unprotected way, no OH&S, Long may it live for that alone!
After losing 20,000 orchids in an unseasonal frost, James turned to his real love, surrealism, and rebuilt his garden in rock and concrete.
The main building with 'Staircase to Heaven' at the highest point, 4 stories above the ground, consider - no handrails, it's a steep spiral and narrow staircase leading upwards to a small platform seemingly hanging in space.
The Pools here are surrounded by repeated forms, with paths and steps taking you further down the valley.
Las Pozas is a surrealist garden created by Edward James, a British poet and supporter of the Surrealist movement. Las Pozas is close to the town of Xilitla (San Luis Potosí, México). Between 1949 and 1984 James developed the gardens in the tropical rainforest dotted with natural waterfalls and pools and built fantastic sculptures throughout.
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Las Pozas - Le jardin surréaliste d'Edward James au Mexique
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Le poète britannique Edward James, intellectuel et admirateur de l’art surréaliste, a longtemps rêvé de construire un grand jardin dans un coin magique du monde. Il a découvert Xilitla avec l’aide de son guide yaqui, Plutarco Gastélum Esther et a entrepris la construction de son jardin d’Eden entre 1962 et 1984, en engageant quelques centaines de Mexicains de la région pour bâtir le tout. Las Pozas, ou “Les Bassins”, se situent dans le sud-est de l’État mexicain de San Luis Potosi, environ 8h au nord de la capitale. Le site est parsemé d’immenses sculptures surréalistes, des marches, des ponts, des passerelles, et bien sûr, un réseau de cascades naturelles et d’étangs, où les gens peuvent se rafraîchir. La construction de Las Pozas aura coûté plus de 5 millions de dollars, laquelle Edward James a financé en vendant toutes les oeuvres surréalistes qu’il a collectionnées au fil des années. L’état de San Luis Potosi l’a maintenant racheté et garde le site bien entretenu.
Ce petit coin de paradis nous a vraiment surpris et il est encore plus beau en personne. Il vous faudra le visiter pour saisir sa splendeur! Venez vous perdre dans les mille et un différents petits chemins et parcours de Las Pozas, baignez-vous dans l’eau cristalline en plein milieu de la jungle et appréciez tout simplement le paysage tropical de l’endroit.
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Surrealist Garden in Las Posas Xilitla San Luis Potosi Mexico
Las Pozas (the Pools), near the village of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, more than 2,000 feet (610 m) above sea level, in a subtropical rainforest in the mountains of Mexico, is a garden created by Edward James. It includes more than 80 acres (32 ha) of natural waterfalls and pools interlaced with towering Surrealist sculptures in concrete. Massive sculptures up to four stories tall punctuate the site. The many trails throughout the garden site are composed of steps, ramps, bridges and narrow, winding walkways that traverse the valley walls.
Xilitla Jardin Magico Las Pozas
The water falls where you can swim at the surreal gardens in Xilitla
GEORGE BERTOK - SOLSTICE SUNRISE featuring LAS POZAS, XILITLA
This is music from my good friend George Bertok. His imagination is boundless & as unrestrained as the imagination of the artist who is responsible for this video landscape. Las Pozas is the creation of Edward James, an eccentric British Aristocrat who was a patron of
many of the Surrealist & Impressionist Painters of Europe during the 1920s & 1930s. All of the sculptures seen here were cast in Steel reinforced Concrete, having first been designed by Edward. The site is comprised of 80 acres of land just outside the town of XILITLA; which is approximately 100 miles directly north of Mexico City, & about 80 miles west of the Gulf Coast. It was only after Edward's death in 1984 that people recognized the scope of his genius & imagination.
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Edward James Surreal Gardens
Roaming around Edward James's Las Pozas surreal garden near Xilitla, Huasteca
The place has some quite interesting spots. My favorite: The endless ladders that will get you as high as 40 meters above the ground!
EDWARD JAMES : BUILDER OF DREAMS (trailer)
Look we move among a bunch of 'pseudo-realists', who.... produce nothing but junk.
So, they try to act like madmen to justify themselves.
On the other hand, you who are really mad labor to act sane.....
Salvador Dali to Edward James
He built one of the biggest and yet least known artistic architectural monuments of the 20th century in the jungles of Mexico. These sprawling 80 acres, known as Las Pozas (the pools), contain 36 extraordinary concrete surrealist structures, some over 100 feet high. They were built by the 40 full time workmen and craftsmen James employed during the last 24 years of his life, at a personal cost which exceeding 5 million dollars. Earlier, he brought Balanchine, Brecht, and Weil together in Paris for his production of an entire season of ballet, Les Ballets 1933. He turned his back on the rigid aristocratic circles of Edwardian England, and befriended and supported fledgling artists who would become household names in later years. The names in his life include Salvador Dali, Leonora Carrington, Rene Magritte, Pavel Tchelitchew, Paul Delvaux, Leonor Fini, Remedios Varo, Rex Whistler, John Betjeman, Edith Sitwell, Aldous Huxley, Man Ray, Sigmund Freud, and Christopher Isherwood.
A legend among the legendary, he has been called An artist and collector of truly international significance. Although he was the eccentric friend and patron to a whole generation of artists, and a poet and novelist in his own right, few people recognize his name or know of his own artistic achievements. It is ironic and fitting that the famous portrait of him by Rene Magritte exhibits only the back of his head.
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Edward James' sculpture garden in Xilitla, Mexico.
Outreach & Education - Las Pozas, Mexico
In 1944, Edward James, a wealthy British poet and artist and early patron of surrealist art, purchased a plot of land in Mexico's Huasteca region. For the next forty years, James designed and built a network of canals and pools in this rugged region, which he interspersed with whimsical sculptures and architectural structures to create a surrealist landscape. James collaborated with Plutarco Gastélum Esquer and local artisans to create his surrealist vision. There are more than thirty architectural follies at Las Pozas, including a stairway to nowhere, a library without books, a cinema with no seats, and La Casa de Tres Pisos (The Three-Storey House), which, in fact, has five.
Since James's death in 1984, the tropical trees and plants have grown and interwoven with the structures to great dramatic effect, further marrying the natural world with man-made elements. However evocative this may be, though, vegetation may cause significant damage to the structures if allowed to grow unchecked. Stewardship of the site must consider the preservation of the built heritage alongside the wild environment.
Fundacion Pedro y Elena Hernandez, A.C. and the Neurohumanities Research Centre & Erasmus Mundus Literary Interzones Joint Doctorate Program Present