Poustinia Land Art Park, Benque Viejo del Carmen

#23 of 33 in Parks in Cayo
#Nature / Park, #Must See
Poustinia Earth Art, a former cattle ranch with an area of 100 acres, is situated 2.5 miles off Benque Viejo del Carmen, Belize, Central America, on the Mollejon/Arenal Road. During the development of the ranch trees were felled and hills were flattened in-order to give way to pastureland. What was once a lush forest was turned into a sterile savannah.

Poustinia is now an environmental project where man-made art and nature co-exist. It is a place where the artist has to work in a hostile environment. In Poustinia the artist should have in mind that once he completes his work nature will take over in a violent yet subtle manner and will transform and or destroy his work completely. Poustinia Land Art is the opposite of the sterile gallery ambient; it is about the wilderness. The Park serves to connect both gallery and wilderness. An artist can always document his/her work at the park and exhibit it in a gallery space.

Poustinia is the place that stimulates the senses and is the ideal place for meditation. For the spiritual it is like a church in which a person can find himself close to its creator by contemplating the beauty of nature and the ability of humanity to create beauty.

Trails meandering through the park lead the viewer to unexpected art stations, it is like treasure hunting in a gigantic maze. The art pieces are either sited sculptures or land art depending on the extent the artist manipulates the site. Poustinia is the place where the spirits of the ancient Mayas still live, and the Mayan mounds are evidence of the history of the site. Poustinia is also about the ornamental shrubs and tress introduced during the cattle days and the native vegetation and also about the wildlife that frolics under the trees.

If interested Artists would like to participate by contributing an art piece at Poustinia Land Art please feel free to contact us.

Luis Alberto Ruiz (Architect)
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  • Friends and I popped into this place without a lot of planning. It was a very hot day and we had not prepared well. Bring sturdy shoes and LOTS of water. We were lucky to arrive on a day that the cura...  more »
  • Use the printed guide to read about the art pieces, and the map to help find your way to them. The art here is often very powerful, but a guide would really help you find your way, thus a deduction of...  more »
  • This attraction requires you have your own vehicle. The place is difficult to get in because the rough road and the lack of signs to get there. Once you find it, you will be there by yourself. We had ...  more »
  • Excellent jungle retreat with hidden art work. Nice place to relax.
  • A fine example of a beautifully cultivated forest. Art installations hidden throughout. A must see!
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