Nature Taking Root

Wall Plant

A little while back I wrote a piece called Beauty Behind Closed Doors, talking about the wonder of finding the doors to a building I had often peeped into, open to the public for a wonderful art installation. The installation highlighted the beauty of nature taking back its rightful place from man, the juxtaposition of nature and the man made and the beauty in the broken.

Arches

I am delighted that the project is now continuing, but in an altered form. Now the house, which I have discovered is from the 19th century, is the site of art installations and an urban garden. A few weeks back locals were encouraged to take their seeds and cuttings there and these seeds and cuttings are now taking root. The urban garden experiments with techniques, reusing plastic bottles, old tires and many other materials (like the bath below) that are otherwise seen as waste and therefore useless. It is place where people who are interested can be inspired by techniques that they can use themselves.

Bath

I popped by today and the house is still as breathtakingly beautiful as ever, its peeling paintwork and bowing metalwork juxtaposed with the dry grass growing from its walls, leaving me speechless. Despite the intense heat that we have been having in Oaxaca, combined with the lack of rain, the plants are flourishing and vegetables are growing.  I feel inspired extra to set up my own roof garden, moving myself a little closer to nature and more self-sufficient living.

Table

Guacales

Photo by Pacific SailorsI am a travel writer and blogger who specialises in all things Mexican. My work has been featured in The Metro UK, The Mexican Londoner, Banderas News and Wayak. You can contact me by email, info [at] mexicoretold [dot] com or join me on Facebook and Twitter.

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3 thoughts on “Nature Taking Root

  1. Enjoy reading your blog as I live in Oaxaca during the winters. Where is this lovely installation? My friends who are in Oaxaca would love to visit it. Thanks so much for helping me stay connected to my second home.

    • Hi Kathy, I am glad you like the blog, thanks for reading! 🙂

      The installation is on Murgui, between Alcala and 5 de Mayo. It is truly beautiful! I hope they enjoy it.

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