A Mexican garden, made not by planting but by carefully framing the existing verdant jungle. Built by British eccentric Edward James, friend to surrealists and heir to a fortune, he was a man both awed and spurred on by the power of nature — after his orchid collection was decimated by freak snow, he created concrete flowers that would not suffer the same fate. Las Pozas is beautifully captured by Toby Amiens in his short film for Nowness, the richness of the dense foliage balanced by its juxtaposition with bold manmade shapes in a place that is perhaps the best embodiment of magical realism that we've seen.
"This would be the place to be, if you were a good ghost."
Film by Toby Amies for Nowness