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Ceci n'est pas une park

The only way to experience Las Pozas is to simply wander through it without purpose, like a stream of consciousness.  The park is set up with no recommended route, no series of numbered galleries to follow: it is a creation as open and expansive as thought itself.   Paths begin and end in nothingness, or loop back on themselves like Möbius strips.  Inchoate forms suggest familiar objects---an airplane, a birdcage, a spinal column---while doubling as structural elements.  Stairs sometimes serve as support columns and columns act as stairs.  Nothing exists within a border and each form is many.

Las Pozas is the creation of British poet Edward James, a devoted fan and patron of Surrealism who modeled for two Magritte paintings and was once the patron of Dalí.  In the 1940s, he acquired a coffee plantation near the mountain town of Xilitla where he could pursue his interest in orchid cultivation.  After a rare frost wiped out most of his flowers in 1962, James began constructing small surrealist structures out of concrete that would, over the course of twenty years, become a surrealist's playground.


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