The Pools is a journey through the places that Edward traveled, on land and with his imagination. Once you get in, you realize there is something magic covering this place. Many legends can be heard through the people of Xilitla about Sir Edward´s Las Pozas, however, while you walk through this dream labyrinth, there is a big questions crossing your mind: what did James want by doing this?
Nestled in the thick jungles of San Luis Potosí, Mexico, Edward James discovered the perfect setting for staging his life’s masterpiece. A surrealist labyrinth unfolds amid waterfalls and ponds—natural and man-made—that prepare the mind for immersion into a dream world.
Edward James, one of the most eccentric and interesting twentieth-century collectors of surrealist art built, between 1949 and 1984, scores of surreal concrete structures in this remote village of Huasteca Potosina.
Its design was conceived by Edward James and Plutarco Gastélum in Xilitla, working together with hundreds of masons, artisans, and local craftsmen they create this mind blowing oniric labyrinth.
As the story goes, when they were exploring the Huasteca Potosina, a cloud of butterflies surrounded James and Gastélum while they were bathing in the river. The British writer interpreted this event as a magical sign. So, began the construction of his version of the “Garden of Eden”.