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AAVS LAS POZAS
JULY-AUGUST 2014

A collaborative residency and workshop in Edward James' Surrealist Sculpture Park: Las Pozas,
in Xilitla, Mexico.

The Visiting School was learning from Mexico’s rich cultural heritage, from Modernism back to pre-hispanic architecture, as well as looking at relevant examples of experimental architecture and sculpture, with a particular focus on concrete.

Beginning with a thorough study of intricate wooden formworks, we developed casting methods by rescaling, defragmenting and collaging formworks and casts, experimenting with local aggregates and incorporating contemporary techniques.

On the grounds of minimalist sculpture, pre-hispanic monumentalism and geometric abstractionism, we concluded on the one hand with precise incisions in the local community as well as a number of concrete pieces, fragments or parts, which we will take back to Mexico City for an exhibition.

AAVS runs yearly, to apply visit the AA website.

Photographs taken by the AAVS 2014 team.