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But madre de la naturaleza was not on his side and a freak three-day snowstorm killed the whole collection. So James began instead to cultivate giant plants made of concrete — to say nothing of towers, obelisks, pavilions, bridges and spiral staircases. The acre garden straddles a breath-stopping, Lalique-green river, flowing through the smooth, rock-edged pools from which its Spanish name, Las Pozas, is derived.
During the rainy season, waterfalls course into them from a m ft rock face, on which flourish 18m 60ft to 24m 80ft trees and bamboos. Hidden within the rainforest is a surreal concrete jungle enormous man-made trees, bamboos and flowers — many painted in once-bright colours — that range in height from 1. The main entrance to the garden is through the Gateway of Snakes, a giant avenue of stone serpents. Other crazy creations are the Terrace of the Tigers, the House of Three Storeys which actually has five , the Palace, and the Cinema, with its six flights of Escher-style staircases.
James was wild about animals of all sorts, travelling the world with snakes in his luggage, and many of the garden pavilions were designed to hold an aviary or a menagerie. James died in , leaving the glory of Las Pozas but no money for its upkeep, to his adopted Mexican family, the Gastelums.
The marvellous sculptures are slowly being overtaken by jungle and are beginning to erode — some of the steel-reinforcing is now exposed.
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The complex lighting system at each pavilion is defunct and rusting. A few can be rented for holidays, but it is rumoured that many snakes also take the night air in the garden. There have been negotiations with American financial foundations over a long-term plan to renovate and conserve this site of world importance to art and gardening.
But efforts have stalled. It will be well worth a visit. James said, near the end of his life, that if he had not been so rich, he would have been a gardener. Your email address will not be published. Facebook Home Newsletter Contact Us.
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