BEAUTÉ BRUT: Brazilian Museum of Sculpture

Paulo Mendes da Rocha’s Brazilian Museum of Sculpture in São Paulo, Brazil is a simple yet provocative design that uses a large beam to give the museum a presence, while also fulfilling the need for shade and shelter for the exterior plaza. (Archidose)

Though MuBE took shape in the late 1980s, significantly after Brutalism’s heyday, it is a striking example of the Paulista School style—the international movement’s Brazilian iteration. As such, Mendes da Rocha—who received a Golden Lion at this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale and the 2006 Pritzker Prize—embraced the large-scale, bulky forms that raw concrete naturally facilitates, manifested in the nearly-200-foot beam atop the museum. Containing offices, an art school, and open, concrete galleries, the museum itself is built largely below ground, so as to respect the surrounding green space. (Rachel Lebowitz)

 

Image Credits: Archdaily, Danda, Artsy

 

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Children of Ocean

Jason deCaires Taylor creates incredible underwater spaces. A fascinating combination of art and nature!

 

For sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, the ocean is more than a muse — it’s an exhibition space and museum. Taylor creates sculptures of human forms and mundane life on land and sinks them to the ocean floor, where they are subsumed by the sea and transformed from lifeless stone into vibrant habitats for corals, crustaceans and other creatures. The result: Enigmatic, haunting and colorful commentaries about our transient existence, the sacredness of the ocean and its breathtaking power of regeneration. (TED.com)

 

More importantly, Jason reminds us the richness of underwater life and our ignorance.

 

Wooden Giants from Scrap

Thomas Dambo is a Danish artist who creates marvellous giant sculptures from scrap wood. The artist aims to encourage people to recycle. We all know, the rubbish is not rubbish after all. It is raw material if we recycle correctly.

Plus, wood is a pretty good material for sculpturing this aim, I think. It is warm and represents nature. It always makes me feel connected with nature itself 🙂

I really like this one above – Hector El Protector – protector of the island 🙂

Hector El Protector was Thomas Dambos contribution to the art festival Culebra Es Ley on the island of Culebra in Puerto Rico. Hector was made in 5 days using pallets from the local junk yard. Hector is a permanent installation protecting the island from visitors with bad intentions towards the nature of the island (thomasdambo.com)

(Image credit: thomasdambo.com)

To see more of Hector, and the others, check Thomas’ webpage.