The artistic vision captured in 71 designs makes the Cosmovitral Botanical Garden in Toluca, State of Mexico, the largest in the world, representing one of the greatest feelings of pride of the country. The place where this beautiful stained glass of art nouveau influence is located, made up of more than 3,500 meters, was at the beginning of the 20th century a market known as the "16 de Septiembre" Supply Center.
The high influx of people combined with the smoke emanation from the dozens of food stalls affected the site, so the authorities decided to close it. The food center was built between 1909-1933 boasting the French-style architecture of high influence in the country.
Due to its deterioration, the authorities decided to close it in order to carry out restoration, with the support of Mexican artist Leopoldo Flores, giving rise to one of the most beautiful expressions to date. By 1978, Flores, with the support of Mexican artisans, proceeded to the placement of more than 45 tons of blown glass that give life to the 71 stained glass windows that are currently in the Botanical Garden.
The Cosmovitral is centered by the vision of Flores on the theme of the struggle of good against evil, light against darkness, day against night represented in various images that give greater depth to this work. The main piece of Flores' work, the Sun Man, is located in the western part of the site, and thanks to this, every spring and autumn equinox, the stained glass window is completely illuminated when evening falls.
It has more than 400 herbaceous and floral species that were installed for ornamental and scientific purposes. The design was in charge of the Japanese biologist and engineer Nobuyaki Atzuma Matsuo and Cosmovitral Jardín Botánico de Toluca is located at Sebastián Lerdo de Tejada Avenue and Juárez Avenue, Colonia Centro, Toluca de Lerdo, Estado de México.
Source: El Sol de Tampico