by germinatrix | April 12th, 2009
I have been given an opportunity – an AWESOMELY AMAZING opportunity, to make a garden with my dear friend, artist Jorge Pardo. The thing is, Jorge does big work, often architectural work – and this is going to be a BIG GARDEN! IN THE YUCATAN!!!!
So Jorge wanted me to fly out to Cancun, to meet the couple that are funding this project – and I practically sprouted wings and got there as fast as I could. After landing in Cancun, Jorge, Joe (one of Jorge’s studio assistants), and I drove to Tulum to spend the night. In the morning, we’d be picked up and taken to the family’s retreat. We found a sweet little hotel and tucked in for the night. I woke up to a totally different world! Color, color everywhere!
We ate a light breakfast and made our way through the Sian Ka’an Bioshphere Reserve to the seaside village of Punta Allen. I WISH we could have spent time in beautiful Tulum, and in the Sian Ka’an Reserve, but we were WORKING after all, and there was no time for dawdling. But I am definitely exploring this part of Mexico in the future!
Punta Allan is relaxed, and very charming. Right on the beach is a little carnival – the most riotously colorful playland I’ve ever seen – I wanted to go on a ride! But we were waiting to be whisked away – and I really didn’t know where we were going. I thought maybe they had a place down the coast somewhere. Someplace remote. I don’t usually go in for remote – I am a very UN-remote type, but again, this was all for the sake of a garden, and I’ll go far out of my comfort zone.
Soon, a boat roars up to the end of a dock and a lively Texan jumps out and calls us all by name. “Ivette! Hello! I’m here to take you to The Island – would you like a margarita or maybe a cold beer?”
How did he know my name?
And … ‘The Island’???
But the clients were wherever the boat was heading, and a garden was at stake. So I climbed on board.
Off to THE ISLAND …