{ feuilleton }

Avatar

• • • Being a journal by artist and designer John Coulthart, cataloguing interests, obsessions and passing enthusiasms.


 

Las Pozas panoramas

xilitla1.jpg

Photo by Carlos Ernesto Guadarrama Muñoz.

How soon things change. In 2006 when I wrote something about Las Pozas, the unfinished concrete fantasia constructed by Edward James at Xilitla in the Mexican jungle, there was little information about the place on the web. A couple of years later photos had appeared on Flickr and Monty Don had been there with TV cameras for the BBC’s Around the World in 80 Gardens. Now, thanks to 360cities.net, we have a collection of panoramic views inside James’ platforms, plazas and stairways to nowhere. See the complete set of views here.

xilitla2.jpg

Photo by Jose Luis Perez.

Edward James described himself as a poet (and is credited as such on his gravestone), but he’s far better known as one of the primary patrons of Surrealist art and a lifelong proponent of the Surrealist ethos, hence Las Pozas whose construction occupied him up to his death in 1984. In addition to being the model for Magritte’s La reproduction interdite (1937), James also converted Monkton, his home in England, into a Surrealist showcase. It’s a place I’ll be writing about at greater length when I find the time.

xilitla3.jpg

Photo by Jose Luis Perez.

Elsewhere on { feuilleton }
The panoramas archive

Previously on { feuilleton }
Return to Las Pozas
Las Pozas and Edward James

 


 

Posted in {architecture}, {art}, {painting}, {photography}, {surrealism}, {television}.

Tags: , , , .

 


 


 

2 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by mr.kenneth

    gravatar

    Echoes of this rather amazing place I visited a couple of years ago : Paronella Park in Nth Queensland.

  2. #2 posted by John

    gravatar

    Ah yes, I’d not heard of that place before. Sunlight and vegetation helps this kind of thing, especially when it starts to get overgrown and covered in moss. The concrete of Las Pozas wouldn’t be as evocative under Britain’s leaden skies.

 


 

tracker

 


 

“feed your head”