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Sfer Ik

Tulum

Although some describe it as a museum, Sfer Ik prefers to define itself as a gallery that can and should be explored while barefoot. Its undulating architecture resembles a nest in the middle of the forest and was built out of bejuco, herbs, rocks, and even ceramic, in order to foster a connection between its visitors and its natural surroundings.

This architectural project was conceived of by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, great-grandson to Peggy Guggenheim, who was one the most influential art collectors and benefactors of the twentieth century. However, it was designed by Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel, an architect who chooses to forgo sketches and blueprints and, rather, relies entirely on his imagination. Neira rose to fame after envisaging Azulik Hotel's design, which is representative of Tulum's sustainable architecture.

Sfer Ik has become a showcase for artists looking for new ways to create and experiment with art. It's also a philanthropic community where locals can find art and trade workshops. Exhibits are renewed constantly. You might see a layer of purple, representing the states of consciousness, covering the roof one day and poems mysteriously emerging from the ground the next day.

Sfer Ik is located on the 5 km (3 mi) marker, on the Tulum-Punta Allen highway. It's open daily and there is no entrance fee, though donations are welcome. Furthermore, the gallery has an extension at Azulik Hotel, which was designed for artistic residencies, as well as art and handicraft workshops.

Although some describe it as a museum, Sfer Ik prefers to define itself as a gallery that can and should be explored while barefoot. Its undulating architecture resembles a nest in the middle of the forest and was built out of bejuco, herbs, rocks, and even ceramic, in order to foster a connection between its visitors and its natural surroundings.

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This architectural project was conceived of by Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, great-grandson to Peggy Guggenheim, who was one the most influential art collectors and benefactors of the twentieth century. However, it was designed by Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel, an architect who chooses to forgo sketches and blueprints and, rather, relies entirely on his imagination. Neira rose to fame after envisaging Azulik Hotel's design, which is representative of Tulum's sustainable architecture.

Sfer Ik has become a showcase for artists looking for new ways to create and experiment with art. It's also a philanthropic community where locals can find art and trade workshops. Exhibits are renewed constantly. You might see a layer of purple, representing the states of consciousness, covering the roof one day and poems mysteriously emerging from the ground the next day.

Sfer Ik is located on the 5 km (3 mi) marker, on the Tulum-Punta Allen highway. It's open daily and there is no entrance fee, though donations are welcome. Furthermore, the gallery has an extension at Azulik Hotel, which was designed for artistic residencies, as well as art and handicraft workshops.

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