Las Pozas, Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
In the southeast of the Mexican state of San Luis Potosí nestled in the mountainous, subtropical Sierra Gorda is a surreal landscape masterpiece of grand proportion. Created by British patron and artist, Edward James from the 1950’s until his death in 1984, the 80-acre gardens of Las Pozas hold a magical allure for those wishing to make the trek into the jungle. Perched in the dense and rugged terrain is a collection of house-sized concrete sculptures envisioned by James. An important patron of many Surrealist artists including René Magritte, Salvador Dalí, and Leonora Carrington, James’ artistic legacy extends beyond just those he supported. Among the very few Surrealist landscapes, Las Pozas is arguably the paragon and James’ most important gift to the world.