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
Patio de Las Jacarandas is a Jan Hendrix and Hendrix Studio-designed work of public art in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The project's metal canopy was developed and fabricated by Zahner in water-jet cut aluminum.Situated at the historic Plaza de la Patria in Aguascalientes, the Patio de las Jacarandas is an architectural open-air canopy. Arturo Revilla and Jose Luis Jimenez Garcia served as the project architects, while Zahner’s scope on the project centered around the engineering and fabrication of the art canopy.The system was engineered and tested by Zahner, and then manufactured and delivered to the jobsite where local installers erected the screen wall. The project was completed in 2015, and features a two-tiered canopy of water jet-cut aluminum plates. Both layers of cut-out metal are painted to create the white ¼” aluminum plate.