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Luis Benitez

Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico / Botanical Garden

Toluca, Estado de México, México

June 23, 2006 - 12:00 local time

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© 2006 Luis Benitez, All Rights Reserved.

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Con más de 400 especies de plantas de todo el mundo, este jardín botánico convive con el vitral considerado el más grande del mundo, una obra del maestro Leopoldo Flores.

Se ubica en un edificio de cantera y hierro construido en 1910 por el Ing. Manuel Arratia para albergar el mercado 16 de Septiembre o mercado del Carmen de la Ciudad de Toluca que funcionó hasta 1975. Posee una estructura estilo Art Noveau y Neoclásico con una superficie de 5 mil metros cuadrados.

El cosmovitral es una monumental obra de 3,200 metros cuadrados con más de 30 mil segmentos y medio millón de cristales de 28 colores provenientes de diversas partes del mundo.

El conjunto del Cosmovitral es una sucesión de escenas que simbólicamente "plasma el ideal del hombre que busca la luz, el bien y la sabiduría para elevar su espíritu y desprenderse de las sombras del mal y la ignorancia en una epopeya sin principio ni fin".

El Cosmovitral y Jardín botánico se inauguró en 1980 y se concluyó totalmente en 1990 con la cosbtrucción del vitroplafón que representa la Vía Láctea y une de un extremo a otro al Hombre Sol y la Galaxia de Andrómeda.

En el Equinoccio de Primavera, el disco solar cruza el corazón de El Hombre Sol, lo cual produce una bella explosión de luces.

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Location

Latin America / Mexico

Lat: 19° 17' 36.88" N
Long: 99° 39' 12.97" W

Elevation: 2,663 mts.

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Equipment

Hardware: Nikkor 10.5mm, Nikon D70, Agno's Quickly QTcubic VR head, 3021BPRO Bogen/Manfrotto tripod, PowerBook G4 17". Software: Stitcher 5.1, CubicConverter 2.2, Photoshop CS.

English version

The botanical garden, with more than 400 species of plants from all over the world, lives in harmony with the stained-glass window (Cosmovitral) that is considered the largest in the world, a piece of the master Leopoldo Flores.

The stained-glass window is located in a quarry and Iron building built in 1910 by the Engineer Manuel Arratia to accommodate the Market 16 de Septiembre or Mercado del Carmen of the city of Toluca that functioned until 1975. It possess an structure of Art Noveau and Neoclassic style with an area of 5 thousand square meters.

This Stained Glass Window is a monumental piece of 3,200 square meters with more than 30 thousand segments and half a million of crystals of 28 different colors coming from different parts of the world.

The Stained Glass Window is a series of scenes that symbolically projects the man’s idea in search of the light, the good and the wisdom to elevate its spirit to liberate it from the shadows of evil and the ignorance in an epic without beginning or end.

The Stained Glass Window and the botanical garden were inaugurated in 1980 and was totally finished in 1990 with the contribution of the stained glass-ceiling that represents the milky way and joins together the “hombre sol” (Sun Man) with the Galaxy of Andromeda.

In the spring equinox, the solar disc crosses the heart of "El hombre Sol", "The sun man", causing a beautiful explosion of lights.

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