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PHOTO STOCK: The washbasins at Pilas de Santa Clara in Antigua Guatemala

Lavaderos del Tanque de La Unión

The washbasins at Pilas de Santa Clara, better known as Tanque de La Unión, must be the most photogenic laundromat in the world, don’t you think?

Laundromats in Colonial Times

I pride myself of knowing every little corner of La Antigua Guatemala so whenever I discover a hidden aspect in this colonial …

Fountains as Decoration Pieces

The other day while scouting for new locations for the Artistic Photo Sessions I now offer, I came across a large garden …

Pilas de Santa Clara

I have always called this monument Tanque de la Unión because that’s what everybody calls it. However, I learned during my Antigua …

Finca Washbasins and Water Tanks

Don’t ask me, but how did the venerable utilitarian pila (water tank) and lavadero (washbasin) became decorations elements or design accents? In …

Palo de Izote Reflected

Palo de Izote is the Mesoamerican cousin of the Joshua or Yucca tree. I have a fascination with the Izote tree; I …

Making Pilas: Setting the Mold

The first step of making the Guatemalan washbasin is to set the concrete mold pieces and then filling it with concrete. The …

Making Pilas: Removing the Mold

Actually, I should say removing the mold pieces. Basically, to manufacture pilas, washbasins, there four basic steps: Set the mold pieces and …

Making Pilas: Adding Color

These pilas go for a little over Q500/$60 because they use higher quality paint and more cement in the concrete mixture. Cheaper …