The recently completed project for artist Jan Hendrix in Aguascalientes is being celebrated in Arquine Magazine which is Mexico’s largest periodical devoted to architecture. The artwork by Hendrix integrates seamlessly into a master architectural plan by Arturo Revilla and architect José Luis Jiménez García, which can be seen in more depth on the Arquine Website.
Translated and excerpted below, the article describes the genesis of the Patio de las Jacarandas at the Aguascalientes city square.
The Patio de las Jacarandas is, designed by Arturo Revilla with Jose Luis Garcia Jimenez and featuring the art of Jan Hendrix, commemorates the 100th anniversary of the Sovereign Convention of Aguascalientes. Located in the old “El portal de Jesús”, which was demolished in the mid-nineteenth century, the current project picks up the spatial concept of the portal as transition element to a contained space. The height of the new space corresponds to the height of the old space, which also coincides with the first ledge of the Morelos Theatre.
According to old photographs, the Morelos Theatre at one time had several openings that provided natural lighting to the corridors and dressing rooms, and later bricked buildings. The project recovers this history with new formal elements including the Jacarandas tree, one of the city’s most emblematic trees, which surround the city square at Aguascalientes.
Patio de las Jacarandas
Two layers of waterjet cut artwork make up the roof of the Aguascalientes canopy. The first layer, suspended on the bottom of the canopy, shows the overlapping branches of the jacaranda tree. The second layer of cutout leaves is installed 16” above the lower ceiling canopy.These two layers are held apart from one another using tension cables. The distance between each layer gives the illusion of peering through tree branches. Intriguing shadows are also created, offering an immersive, shaded area for pedestrians in the city square to rest beneath.