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The masterpiece: Casapueblo

View of Casapueblo in Punta del Este, Uruguay.

Páez Vilaró’s most famous and beloved work is Casapueblo, the gigantic architectonic monument he built in the late 1960s in Punta Ballena, near Punta del Este. At Casapueblo, visitors can wander through open-air corridors named after celebrities and enjoy one of the 72-rooms built personally by the artist. Paez Vilaró’s home and workshop are next door and the entire labyrinth has several swimming pools and outdoor dining rooms. Every guest room comes with a balcony.

“When I invented Casapueblo, it was amazing: I was alone. Such a beautiful solitude. I would only speak to a few fishermen who took their chances living on some shoreline rocks. Nowadays, I don’t even know my neighbours. It’s impressive how the place has grown. I used to feel hurt when someone would build here before. I used to think: ‘How can they do it without asking for my permission? I felt I was the owner of some 100 acres. Not any more,” Páez Vilaró once said.

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