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Edward James Surreal Garden

Xilitla

In the Magical Town of Xilitla, in San Luis Potosí, lies the only surrealist garden in all Latin America which was created by the Scottish poet and artist Edward James. This place has a unique architecture, it is made up of 36 sculptures distributed on 37 acres and combines art with the nature of the Huasteca Potosina.

This site is also known as “Las Pozas”, because it is immersed in waterfalls, natural pools and fauna. Its construction dates back to 1947, when Edward James acquired a coffee plantation in Xilitla. At the beginning, the land was kept as an orchid garden, it was also home to many animals such as ocelots, snakes, deer, flamingos and different types of birds. Sadly, a frost in 1962 wiped out practically all the vegetation.

After this, James felt so bad that he decided to devise a project which consisted of creating structures that would function as protection for the plants and animals that lived there. To give them his personal touch, he added surreal elements, like wonderful sculptures that emerged from the ground such as “The stairway to heaven”, “The Gate of San Pablo”, The Concrete Orchids or “The Giant's Hands”.

The garden is made up of multiple passageways; some wide, others narrow, a few lead to the pools and others to nowhere: it is a labyrinthine place. If that sounds strange, even more so is the fact that there are exclusive stairs to go up and down and a three-story tower that actually has five.

More than 150 people worked on this project, including carpenters, bricklayers and gardeners. The construction didn't stop until 1984, when Edward James passed away. It should be noted that in addition to the sculptures, the place has nine pools and several waterfalls.

In 1991, after a rehabilitation of its pools (natural and artificial) and its beautiful turquoise waterfalls, the Garden opened its doors to the general public, quickly positioning itself as one of the most emblematic places of San Luis Potosí, as it became one of the favorites amongst the tourists who visit the Huasteca Potosina.
In the Magical Town of Xilitla, in San Luis Potosí, lies the only surrealist garden in all Latin America which was created by the Scottish poet and artist Edward James. This place has a unique architecture, it is made up of 36 sculptures distributed on 37 acres and combines art with the nature of the Huasteca Potosina.

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This site is also known as “Las Pozas”, because it is immersed in waterfalls, natural pools and fauna. Its construction dates back to 1947, when Edward James acquired a coffee plantation in Xilitla. At the beginning, the land was kept as an orchid garden, it was also home to many animals such as ocelots, snakes, deer, flamingos and different types of birds. Sadly, a frost in 1962 wiped out practically all the vegetation.

After this, James felt so bad that he decided to devise a project which consisted of creating structures that would function as protection for the plants and animals that lived there. To give them his personal touch, he added surreal elements, like wonderful sculptures that emerged from the ground such as “The stairway to heaven”, “The Gate of San Pablo”, The Concrete Orchids or “The Giant's Hands”.

The garden is made up of multiple passageways; some wide, others narrow, a few lead to the pools and others to nowhere: it is a labyrinthine place. If that sounds strange, even more so is the fact that there are exclusive stairs to go up and down and a three-story tower that actually has five.

More than 150 people worked on this project, including carpenters, bricklayers and gardeners. The construction didn't stop until 1984, when Edward James passed away. It should be noted that in addition to the sculptures, the place has nine pools and several waterfalls.

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