TULUM, México – In the heart of the Mayan jungle near Tulum, Sfer Ik stands as a beacon of interdisciplinary arts, merging nature, art, and ancestral wisdom. Founded in 2018, this innovative center, located in Francisco Uh May, has rapidly gained notoriety under the directorship of Juan David Valencia, its public relations communication director.
Sfer Ik is the crown jewel of Azulik Uh May, known as the “City of Arts,” nestled in a sprawling four-hectare creative complex deep within the Mayan jungle. It offers a unique exploration of the symbiotic relationship between art, nature, and ancestry. The center is an exemplary model of biomorphic architecture, seamlessly blending with its natural surroundings. Constructed using sustainable, locally sourced materials such as bejuco vines, concrete, and wood, the museum integrates itself with the native trees, vines, and wildlife, serving as a sanctuary for both flora and fauna as well as contemporary design.
Azulik Uh May, as Valencia elaborates, is a creative journey situated in the depths of the Mayan jungle, just outside of Tulum. It’s part of a unique original concept designed by social entrepreneur and visionary Roth. This concept aims to elevate human vision and evolution through broader initiatives encompassing hospitality, wellness, gastronomy, art, fashion, architecture, design, and innovation.
The proposal encompasses a triple invitation: to reconnect, create, and celebrate. This is achieved through the Sfer Ik Museum, the Jungle Cuisine restaurant, and the Roth Design workshops. Azulik’s creative team is a multidisciplinary group working in avant-garde artisanal studios, known as beehives, which fuse ancestral practices with cutting-edge techniques and visionary design. The team also includes innovative artist residencies. Through its sister hotel located in the coastal zone of Tulum, complete with an adjoining exhibition space, Azulik offers a unique reinterpretation of the destination journey as an initiatory voyage. Here, visitors transform into members of a sophisticated global nomadic tribe.
Sfer Ik and Azulik Uh May represent a new paradigm in art and cultural experience, where the boundaries between nature, art, and human ingenuity are blurred, creating a space where visitors can immerse themselves in a transformative experience. This integration of art with the natural and cultural heritage of the region aligns perfectly with the objectives of Tulum as a destination – to offer unique, meaningful experiences that celebrate and preserve the area’s rich Mayan heritage.
Tulum, with its unique blend of rich Mayan culture, stunning natural landscapes, and a burgeoning art scene, provides the perfect backdrop for such an innovative venture. The region’s history, dating back thousands of years, is steeped in tradition and spirituality, elements that Sfer Ik and Azulik Uh May beautifully incorporate into their ethos. The emphasis on sustainability and respect for the environment resonates deeply in Tulum, a destination known for its commitment to eco-friendly practices.