Madrid Studio

Building Project

Madrid Studio

Benito's project to build an off-grid adobe studio for clients.

Madrid, New Mexico

Benito has been building with local and natural materials a small 500 sq. ft. guesthouse / studio for Julian and Nury.

Over a period of two months, June and July of 2006, The Canelo Project led a plastering effort to finish the interior adobe walls of the gallery.  The plasters were mixed from local clays with the exception of a lime plastered panel to be used as a projection screen. Tiny children played in the sand piles, those who didn’t want or know how to plaster, mixed.  All the plastering and mixing was done by hand.  Young teenagers carried heavy buckets of mix while others did the plastering.

In the end, the simplicity and magic of clay gave life to a forgotten place while simultaneously expanding, touching and connecting the lives of family members, friends and interns whose paths may never have crossed.
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