No winter lasts forever;
no spring skips its turn.
|Front stairway to Franciscan San Antonio de Padua Convent - Izamal|
Yellow is the color of the South; it is the energy of life, used for health, protection and to help adults. This color gives strength for life. Yellow is related to the water element and plants. Mayas use candles in many of their rituals with its yellow glow.
Yellow was also associated with one of the 19 Mayan astrological signs called K’ank’in (4/12-5/1), meaning Earth, Dog, Underworld, Yellow Sun. Person of the earth and sun…
Regardless of the outcome of my research, I wanted to share the beauty of the ‘Yellow City’ of Izamal in the central part of Yucatán, only one hour from Merida. Yellow is beautiful against blue skies, white clouds, bright vermilion bougainvilleas, or green vines. It is a very cheerful color under cloudy darker skies or rainy weather.
Geometric yellow and white
Peeking through the trees
The site was considered the home of Kinich-Kakmoo, a Mayan Sun God; a hint of the yellow color of all the buildings or just a coincidence?
Often ignored for the more famous sites like Chichén Itza, Merida, Valladolid or Cancún, Izamal is the most colonial and best preserved of the Yucatán cities, and should not be missed.
Izamal was named a Pueblo Magico in 2002. It was known for its healing powers so many pilgrims came and still come today to visit this sacred site. Maybe this is where yellow comes from again, the health of adults…
Yellow arches around the convent (L), arches around town (R)
Yellow arches around convent atrium
That yellow is dazzlingly bright against blue sky
Due to ongoing renovation, we could not see the front of the church.
Here's a picture from the web on a rare rainy day.
Aging of yellow
Doctor office waiting room. Not yellow….
Light shows that the doctor is currently seeing a patient.
These waiting rooms are open to the streets most of the time.
We visited a small museum/art gallery and saw amazing work, some by a local artist who makes necklaces from beads carved from either a special palm seed or from the henequén spines. It takes Don Esteban many hours to finish a necklace or earrings. He will sing, dance, or tell you stories if you visit his workshop. Other items are made of henequén fiber – loofah type sponges, bags, hammocks, lamp shades, etc.
Banamex (local bank) is trying to raise awareness of the indigenous and rural arts found around Mexico. Since 1996 they have traveled the country to choose the best representatives. Many of these artists have never received formal training, their knowledge passed down from previous generation(s). Their various artistic practices and techniques are in danger of dying out so Banamex is trying to foster regional identities and histories by highlighting these amazing artists throughout Mexico’s art galleries, museums, etc. What we saw in this tiny gallery was truly amazing. Enjoy with the following photos.
Funeral Skeletons by Alfonso Soteno Fernandez
2005, Mexico City
L - Tree of life, Nativity scene, by Oscar Soteno Elias, 2006, Mexico City
R – Tree of life by Adrian Luis Gonzalez, 2006, Mexico City
Both made of clay, one with colors
Pre-Hispanic style figurines from Jaina by Miguel Chan Tut
Clay and Maya blue
Church by Jorge Rosano, 2006, Cuernavaca
Cut paper without tracing first, glue
Baker by Mauricio Hernandez Colmenero, 2006, Guanajuato
Paper, molded, glued, painted
Dragon Alebrije with feathers by Felipe Linares, 2005, Mexico City
Scrap paper, wire, glue, paint
Rooster Alebrije by Felipe Linares, 2005, Mexico City
Scrap paper, wire, glue, paint
Cross with Attributes by Guadalupe Hermosillo Escobar, 2006, Chiapas
Cast iron forged and engraved
Washbasin, Bell Dolls, Airplane, Church by various artists 2005-2006, Veracruz