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Wander barefoot through this new nature-inspired gallery in Tulum

Take off your shoes before wandering into a new eco-conscious gallery in Tulum, where visitors can stroll through a beautiful nest-like space designed to put people in a meditative state.

The new gallery is found at an eco-conscious resort. Image by IK Lab

IK Lab is a new art gallery that has opened at the Azulik Adult Eco-Resort and Maya Spa, located on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Hosting contemporary art exhibitions, the gallery will feature artists from around the world. The first exhibition is Alignments, curated by Santiago R. Guggenheim, features works by Tatiana Trouvé, Artur Lescher and Margo Trushina, which “invite the viewer to explore and rediscover spatial coordinates and metaphysical sphere”.

The interior of the nest-like gallery in Mexico. Image by IK Lab

With a nest-like appearance and natural materials, visitors are “invited to walk barefoot through the gallery and to interact with the floor as a living organism”. The space moves from polished cement to raw, wooden floors made of the native bejuco wood. The gallery is a deviation from the typical art space, and instead features organic materials and large circular windows that look out into the jungle and the sky.

The interior of the nest-like gallery. Image by IK Lab

Santiago Rumney Guggenheim, director of IK Lab, said in a statement that “IK Lab is more than a gallery, it aspires to provide a framework for the world’s finest creative minds to interact with the gallery’s visionary architecture and explore new ways of creation.”

Wander the unique halls of the new gallery in Mexico. Image by IK Lab

The gallery can be found at Azulik, an adults-only eco-resort located on the coast. The private hotel features wooden tree houses with private decks with outdoor day beds and views of the sea. The rooms do not have TV, phones or electricity, so guests can “reconnect with nature”.