RIO, January Bloom

Rio em flor de janeiro - Rio in the bloom of January

“A gente passa, a gente olha, a gente pára
e se extasia.
Que aconteceu com esta cidade
da noite para o dia?
O Rio de Janeiro virou flor
nas praças, nos jardins dos edifícios,
no Parque do Flamengo nem se fala:
é flor é flor é flor,
uma soberba flor por sobre todas,
e a ela rendo meu tributo apaixonado.”

Carlos Drummond de Andrade 

We pass by, we look, we stop, and are entranced.
What happened to this city overnight?
Rio de Janeiro has become a flower
Our squares, our balcony gardens,
Not to mention the Parque do Flamengo
is a flower, is a flower, is a flower
A glorious flower over everything
And to her I pay passionate tribute.

Carlos Drummond de Andrade 

images of the natural and urban landscape of Rio de Janeiro

Rio em flor de Janeiro - Rio in the bloom of January

Living in Rio de Janeiro means having the privilege of passing existence in the context of a perfect natural scenery.In fact, in Rio de Janeiro we find ourselves among mountains, hills of unlikely curves and waters that venture sinuously inside the metropolis; lush forests that cover the territory next to the sixty favelas and modern skyscrapers. Lagoons that contend with the sky the beauty of the reflections, islands and oceanic beaches that design a larger universe.          urban natural landscape Rio

Unesco decided in 2012 to make Rio de Janeiro the first city to access World Heritage in the category of cultural and urban landscape. Until that time, places recognized worldwide as cultural landscapes were related to rural areas, traditional agricultural systems and historical gardens, never to an urban space.                                           urban natural landscape Rio

Unesco in its opinion expressed: “ The development of the city of Rio de Janeiro has been shaped by a creative fusion between nature and culture. This interchange is not the result of persistent traditional processes but rather reflects an interchange based on scientific, environmental and design ideas that led to innovative landscape creations on a major scale in the heart of the city during little more than a century. These processes have created an urban landscape perceived to be of great beauty by many writers and travellers and one that has shaped the culture of the city.The dramatic landscape of Rio de Janeiro has provided inspiration for many forms of art, literature, poetry, and music.”

Rio a city where the urban perspective is integrated with the nature that gives rise to “a street culture” with large open spaces, public parks, gardens and waterfront, which are part of the daily life of its inhabitants.

Rio de Janeiro, its sea and its nature as UNESCO expressed in its opinion have inspired the work of musicians, poets, urban planners and artists in general. 

An iconic symbol of the popular art of Lapa has a history with a sad ending but with an emblematic meaning.

Jorge Selarón, born in Chile, after traveling around the world , settled in Rio de Janeiro to start in 1990, to shape the staircase that would be known by his name. Considered by its author as a “living and mutant” work, the staircase has 125 meters and 215 steps, and is completely covered with ceramic pieces of different colors, sizes and shapes that he was receiving from many places in the world.

Jorge Selaron used to sit on his stairs and was always flattered by the admiration of the tourists who loved to be photographed with him. As I once did too. In January 2013 he was found dead on the same ladder, his work of art, thus joining with her for eternity.

Rio de Janeiro is the eternal, infinite union, which goes beyond life, between man, the exuberant nature received from God and the urban art created by him as gratitude for the gift received. With open arms over the Corcovado, Christ the Redeemer is the custody of this solid and inseparable union.                         urban natural landscape Rio

Pablo Munini  © São Paulo, May 2015

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