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Key to the City

Explore a Surrealist, Mexican Sculpture Garden with Monica Ruzansky

Key to the City BY alisha prakash 03/19/2014

Back in 2010 when Monica Ruzansky and her husband spent some time in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico—she was taking a jewelry class before launching her wear-everyday line AILI, and he was doing a Spanish intensive—the duo planned a little weekend excursion. Their destination: Las Pozas, a patch of jungle where an eccentric Englishman built a crazy-awesome structure garden. As she explains, “It’s like someone saw some of M.C. Escher’s drawings of impossible architecture, took them literally, and tried to build them.” See what Monica saw.

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"Its such a beatiful and calming haven and I am addicted to their waterlemon juice at breakfast. They also have Marmite, which I have a weakness for."
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“Many of the designs are inspired by nature like bamboo trees, lotus flowers, and orchids.”

 

 

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“This makes me think of the trumpet flower, which is a wild flower that grows in many areas of Central and South America and is used by indigenous cultures for its hallucinogenic effect. Walking through these wonderful concrete pieces feels like living in a physical Lewis Carroll story.”

 

 

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“There are details and accents from many different trips James did around the world—you can see the influences of different countries, like India, for example. He would bring back original pieces to make molds from which he could make his concrete sculptures.”

 

 

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“Here, you can see bridges that connect different levels of the garden.”

 

 

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“Las Pozas is really big. It’s not just one building or a couple of ruins standing by the side of the road—you can explore this place all day. James built different structures in multiple sites, and we lost ourselves in it for hours. The dedication he showed to make this place, which serves no functional purpose whatsoever, is pretty damn awesome. The existence of this unfinished, dreamlike place of stairways to nowhere and doorways into the trees is an affirmation of the value of the creative spirit and that a life making strange and wonderful stuff is a life well-lived.”

 

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