Mexican Restaurant with 10,000 Animal Bones for Decor

If bones are your thing, then you need to get down to Guadalajara and check out ‘Hueso’, the classy new restaurant that features over 10,000 different bones adorning its walls. Hueso (which translates to Bone in Spanish) is the brain child of Mexican architect Ignacio Cadena.

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Crochet Mermaids Swimming With Whale Sharks? Olek’s Beautiful Underwater Project Highlights Ocean Health

Olek, yarn bomber extraordinaire, is at it again. But this time the New York-based artist is taking her work into the depths. She recently traveled to the Caribbean for a series of underwater installations off the coast Cancun, Mexico, at Isla Mujeres.

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A Hand-Built “Inner Space” Vehicle Explores Mexico’s Abandoned Railway Lines

In 1995, nearly 9,000 km of railway line in Mexico and Ecuador was abandoned due to low profits. The once promising route, which could have meant reliable trans-continental travel, was left to decay as a modern ruin. It was years later when Mexican artists and brothers Ivan Puig and Andrés Padilla Domene had a novel idea – to build a modern “inner space” vehicle to explore the old route through the heart of their country. The project turned into the strange silver rail and road vehicle you see here: SEFT-1.

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These Images Reveal Sharp Lines in Mexico’s Wealth Disparity

In some places of the world, all it takes is looking out your back window to see the effects of poverty. These images drive that fact home, showing locations where homes of relative opulence run up next to those less fortunate. Here the houses of the “haves” are bright white, surrounded by well manicured lawns and strikingly clean; but an arms length across a clearly defined line we see the “have nots” with humble dwellings, grey and cobbled together. Is this the world we want to see?

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Paint the Town Red… and Blue, and Green. A Mexican Town Gets a Colorful Makeover

The neighborhood of Colonia Las Americas in Querétaro, México is getting a colorful makeover. The first phase of the project began last November when neighbors and local volunteers started painting the community with the direction of urban art collective Boa Mistura.

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Abandoned Market Hides A Stained Glass Wonderland

You’ll find a full spectrum of hues in this wondrous market-turned-greenhouse. Located in Toluca, Mexico, this majestic Art Nouveau-style building was originally built in 1910 and housed the city’s first market. When the market closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores imagined a vibrant, verdant future for the historic site. 

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Adrian Esparza Reveals Geometric Art Hidden in the Mexican Blanket

The sarape, commonly known as the Mexican blanket, is a international symbol for the Latin American country. In much of the southern US too, this rainbow colored textile has been an ubiquitous element of the region, seen as decoration, clothing, and as a stylish covering for many an old car seat. Texas-based artist Adrian Esparza has been transforming this popular item, unraveling it and transforming the multi-colored weave into geometric string art. In most of his works a blanket hangs nearby, giving its thread to the newly imagined form.

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A Thinly Sliced Citroën DS by the Legendary Gabriel Orozco

Gabriel Orozco

Here’s an oldie but a goodie, and we don’t mean just the car. This work of conceptual art comes from Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco, who back in 1993 sliced a classic (no, legendary) Citroën DS in two and perfectly narrowed the car into a single seater. The resulting work is so convincingly normal from the side, yet so bizarrely narrow from the front or rear. The piece predates recent ‘car warping’ sculptures like those of Indonesian artist Ichwan Noor (whose Volkswagen Beetle’s are formed into a surprisingly perfect sphere and cube). Orozco’s work keeps the car far more intact, leaving people to wonder at its functionality, how it was done, and whether they are seeing clearly.

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Once Upon a Time: Intimate Bathtub Images from Javier Campuzano

Javier Campuzano

It’s intimate, it’s emotional, it’s helpless. These are some of the words to describe the photos that Javier Campuzano captures in his series focusing on nudes curled up in the bathtub. Campuzano raises himself above and shoots a birds eye view of the subject in the tub. Upon looking at the final work, one could be moved to identify with feelings of helplessness, hurt and sorrow.

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From Guns to Drums: The Disarm Project Creates Mechanized Musical Instruments from Dangerous Weapons

Disarm - Pedro Reyes 5

Pedro Reyes is taking a notoriously dangerous element in his country – guns – and transforming them into musical instruments programmed to play surprisingly catchy music. In doing so, the Mexico City native is subverting the original purpose for these weapons, taking something that could have taken life, and instead enhancing lives through musical creativity. He calls his project Disarm.

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