Splendid Botanical Gardens Full of Stained Glass Murals
When the city market of Toluca, Mexico was closed in 1975, local artist Leopoldo Flores stepped forward with a plan to save the historic site. He convinced the city government to invest in a creative reuse of the building as a botanical garden with stained glass art showing the relationship between man and the universe. Flores gave the space the name Cosmovitral, a linguistic blend of the Spanish words for cosmos and glass.
To support the new artistic additions of 45 tons of blown glass and 25 tons of lead, the existing building had to be significantly strengthened and the walls reinforced with 75 tons of metal support. The half a million pieces of glass are arranged in expansive murals and a mosaic glass ceiling that tops the solarium. The centerpiece is an amazing image of a man in flames entitled Hombre Sol or Sun Man. Meant to represent humanity in harmony and balance with the heavens, Hombre Sol is perfectly aligned with the spring equinox and is so popular that it has become synonymous with the city of Toluca.
Now filled with over 500 plants from around the globe, the gardens receive thousands of visitors every year, but with over 95 percent of them from Mexico itself, the Cosmovitral remains relatively unknown to those outside the country. (via mymodernmet)
There are a number of students in my GCSE class that have behavioural issues and if they feel uncomfortable they can do anything from storm out of the classroom to throwing chairs and punching their tables. They’re great kids, they just dont always see the light at the end of the tunnel and when they are in stressful situations they dont know what to do other than lash out sometimes. They are 10 months away from their final exams and the pressure is being mounted on them in every aspect of their school lives.
Last week one of the students saw me making little origami stars. Its something I do when I’m feeling anxious to help me focus on something else. He asked if I could show him how to make them. He had been clenching his fists all lesson, which I’ve noticed is a tell that he is struggling to retain composure. I gave him a strip of paper and talked it through with him. Soon half of the class were asking me to show them. They all picked it up really quickly.
After about five minutes and about 8 stars later, the student sat back down and was in a much calmer and motivated mood for the rest of the lesson. Our next lesson I placed a box of paper strips on my desk and when I saw anyone getting worked up about their work I silently placed a strip in front of them and let them get on with it. The lesson after I was amazed to see that students would go up to the box of their own accord, pick up a few strips and head back to their desks to continue working after calming down.
Yesterday I brought a large jar into the classroom and placed my anxiety stars in there. The boys put their strsss stars in there too. When they fill the jar I’m going to bring sweets into the lesson to celebrate them working hard and working through their problems in a positive manner. I know I’m not the teacher they deserve just yet but I feel like I’ve made a big breakthrough with them.
art therapy is important.