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Casapueblo: The Place in the WorldPablo Etchevers Pablo Etchevers
Carlos Páez Vilaró, Casapueblo, the sea. A yacht that fades in the horizon. A magical and unique construction that welcomes you in spite of not knowing what it is.
It is hard to describe the indescribable. Neither words, pictures nor films can give a real account of what is inside, of what the place means. From a distance, a big peninsula called Punta Ballena (Whale Point) reaches hundreds of meters into the deep blue sea with waves that calm down at the whitish beauty of its architecture.
Casapueblo is the place where an inspired artist built his place in the world on a whim. He did not know that it would be chosen by many other dreamers who identify with him on a daily basis.
I heard a man once say as he was walking out of the museum this is “The Uruguayan Greece". The museum is open to the public. However, as we walk around the whole house, the restaurant, the hotel and each one of its twists and turns, we will reach the conclusion that the whole house is a big museum.
A Bit of History
Carlos Páez Vilaró was born in the capital city of Uruguay, Montevideo, in November 1st, 1923. His artistic vocation led him to traveling the world and visiting the biggest cities, until he came back to Uruguay during the 1940’s to paint the candombe (one of his passions) and the African-Western rhythms that were popular in the country.
His art allowed him to travel the world painting, sculpting, and above all creating. Among his many creations, there was Casapueblo a sculpture in which it was possible to live, paint, and host the friends made in life and his travels.
The workshop and museum of Casapueblo is open year round and visited by thousands of tourists from all over the world. This area of the house was donated by its creator, artist Carlos Páez Vilaró, to encourage a cultural interest in his creations, accomplished throughout his successful life.
Today, and for some time, Casapueblo has welcomed various personalities from the national and international scopes, mainly artists, painters and sculptors who revel in it. Conferences, presentations of books and events related to culture take place in its many rooms.
There are signature wines, there are copyrights and, of course, there is one of the noblest arts that have come to our days, untouched by most architectural styles: signature construction. Casapueblo is that, a signature construction which, at first sight, has not respected any previous molds or outlines, but followed the ideas of a genius to shape a sculpture and dwell in it.
According to the chronicles written inside Casapueblo, Carlos Páez Vilaró, without being an architect, was inspired by the ovenbirds and the countrymen who rely on adobe to build their houses. As a result of the sea, the Mediterranean style was inevitable, with its wide white balconies looking onto the horizon, the dawn and its seagulls.
That guest who once said that Casapueblo was “the Uruguayan Greece” was right. He just happened to forget something.
Up there, at the highest dome of this unique marvel, lives a wise and young artist called Carlos Páez Vilaró, who was the creator of this mythology with sea and jungle creatures as well as people from the Carnival and from all the cities in the world. They have inhabited this incredible place for years.