Rio lures visitors with striking art project

2012-09-11 12:45

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Rio - The Paralympic Games have ended and the successor Rio, Brazil  for the 2016 games has already begun showcasing its landmarks with the launch of a new art project – OiR (Other Ideas for Rio).

The project sees a line-up of artists from around the world using the city as a giant canvas – with a giant statue titled Awilda currently visible in Guanabara Bay, with Sugar Loaf mountain as a backdrop.

The are expected to be six separate art creations added in different areas - of which the most striking is this pale head, 12-metres tall figure produced by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

According to Daily Mail reports, other names taking part in the project include the British musician Brian Eno, whose audiovisual installation 77 Million Paintings – an impressive combination of light, colour and sound – will be projected onto the city’s Arcos de Lapa aqueduct.


Elsewhere, a large glass maze – produced by the American minimalist artist Robert Morris – will appear in the city’s central Cinelandia square.

Other parts of Rio to receive a quick cultural makeover will be the Zona Portuaria (the harbor area), Arpoador – an affluent pocket that sits between Copacabana and Ipanema – and the northerly district of Madureira.

The project’s curator hopes that it will draw new visitors to a city already famed for its beaches and nightlife, as well as the inimitable statue of Christ The Redeemer at the summit of Corcovado hill.


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