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VRC e-newsletter February 2016

The Visual Resources Collection's (VRC) e-newsletter highlights donors and their recent image contributions. Images of featured projects can be accessed by UT faculty, students, and staff via the VRC's online image collection
William Niendorff graduated from the UTSOA Master of Landscape Architecture program in spring 2015. During a 2015 trip to San Luis Potosi, William documented Edward James' surrealist garden, Las Pozas. A selection of images from William's donation are on exhibit in Battle Hall until August 26, 2016. William's entire image donation is available to UT faculty, students, and staff through the VRC's online image collection

Project Highlight

 

Las Pozas
Edward James' Surrealist Garden


Photographs by William Niendorff, MLA 2015

Las Pozas
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Accession 2016-0291
What was your overall impression of the place?
Las Pozas is a magical place. Set in the rugged jungle, the misty atmosphere and James' concrete forms give the site an otherworldly feeling. I studied it before I went, but was much impressed upon visiting. Some of the architectural sculptures are as large as a four-story building. And virtually everything is constructed on fifty percent slope or greater in the middle of the jungle—it's impressive.

What prompted your visit to Las Pozas? Did you travel there to document this project or was it an incidental discovery?
I heard about Las Pozas a decade ago when I was living in neighboring Guanajuato. It wasn't until I saw an article about it again in my last year at UT that I finally decided to make the journey there. I visited with the help of the Travel Scholarship Program to photograph Las Pozas, but found Xilitla—where the garden is located and a Pueblo Mágico—has its own small town charm. 

What about this site did you find the most interesting? Did it exceed your expectations? Fall short? 
Many things about Las Pozas interest me. It's not a well-known landscape, and it's existence is precarious. James' impressions can be rapidly lost to the normal character of the jungle. I think it's important to preserve memory of this place through photography. As a plant nerd, the setting was paradise for me. Every turn unveils intricate dimensions of life and art in James' surreal vision. 
To browse all images donated by William Niendorff, visit the VRC's online image collection. Log in using your EID and select the "Advanced Search" option.  Search for "William Niendorff" in the Source Name field. 
William Niendorff
 
Las Pozas
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Accession 2016-0268
Las Pozas
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Accession 2016-0240
Las Pozas
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Accession 2016-0228
Las Pozas
Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
Accession 2016-0266
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v. 7, no. 2 (February 2016)

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