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Labyrinth Museum of Arts and Sciences

San Luis Potosi, Mexico
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A museum should represent the character of the region where it is located. For the Labyrinth Legorreta + Legorreta was inspired by the old haciendas of San Luis Potosi and created a central patio with labyrinth designs based on the organ pipe cacti of the desert. The stones used both for the floors and the facade are local and the design of the garden responds to the desert climate of the region.

The first exhibit is a cactus garden designed by Oaxaca's best-known and most prolific artist, Francisco Toledo. Walking through the diminutive maze, different strains of music can be heared, emanating from the bed of smooth purple, pink, and gray rocks. The environmental artist Pedro Reyes created the sculpture "Pupa" of 5,000 repurposed 20-liter water jugs. Another eye-catching exhibit is a simple aluminum tube that shoots tiny jets of water in the form of the headlines of the daily local newspapers.

Within a purple-painted room, hundreds of light bulbs represent the artist's vision of our journey through life. The visitor grasps two metal bars, which sends a current lighting up the bulbs in a pattern that is supposed to be unique to his or her special vibe. In the adjoining salon, sit in an S-shaped love seat and look up at a screen that reflects different colors depending on one's mood.

In the children's room there are lots of fun activities to keep both young ones and their parents amused, but there is also a huge play equipment outdoors. Another major part of the museum has more traditional scientific exhibits showing the workings of the world from the universe down to the cellular level.

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  1. Architect's Website
  2. Mexico Guru
lacuna, January 12th, 2012
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