Steps and Falls

Interactive Disc for PC/MAC (DVD-ROM)
In English and Spanish

Directed and photographed by Robert Ziebell
Designed and programmed by Anthony Thompson Shumate


Las Pozas: Steps and Falls is an interactive virtual tour of the fantastical surrealist garden created by the iconoclastic British aristocrat and poet Edward James (1907-1984) in the Sierra Madre mountain village of Xilitla, San Luis Potosí, Mexico. A visionary patron and friend of the European surrealist artists, James supported projects by Salvador Dáli and sat for portraits by René Magritte and Man Ray while also amassing a major collection of surrealist art. In the late 1940s James moved to Mexico where, over a twenty-year period, aided by his friend and collaborator Plutarco Gastélum, as well as a score of local craftsmen, he built three dozen architectural “follies” next to a waterfall and several pools in the tropical forest. This interactive DVD-ROM contains over twenty 360º virtual tour panoramas with links to video clips that allow the exploration of this mysterious and fascinating Garden of Eden.

Minimum System Requirements
WINDOWS: 1.0 GHZ Intel Pentium Processor or compatible,
512 MB RAM (768 recommended), Microsoft Windows 2000-XP,
CD/DVD-ROM drive.
MAC: 1.0 GHZ Power PC (G4 or later), 512 MB RAM
(768 recommended), MAC OS X, CD/DVD-ROM drive.


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