April 8th, 2008

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Edward James: Builder of Dreams

Via madammayo

Las Pozas (the pools), was once home to the eccentric, English aristocrat, Edward James, poet, patron, collector, and architect of this spectacular mountainside monument to surrealist art. A veritable enchanted garden, where some thirty-six enormous, brightly coloured concrete structures vie for space with the lush jungle vegetation that surrounds and threatens to absorb them, located on the outskirts of the town of Xilitla, in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.

A frustrated artist and poet, although he did publish some very passable verse and a bizarre novel, Edward James was finally able to realise his artistic desires by creating Las Pozas — a work twenty years in the making and still unfinished.

Documentary about his life: Edward James, Builder of Dreams by Avery Danziger

Youtube video. Song is “Witness” by Sarah McLachlan, from her album Surfacing.

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