Have you seen it?
I describe many things that I have seen. Do you? Some things are easy to imagine - there is a point of reference that can quickly be found. Other things are beyond words. I like both seeing and describing, pictures and words. Especially when accompanied by music.
In my last days in
Flying into Rio, it was winter and the clouds swirled around Sugarloaf. Unlike
Our friend, Jaime, sent Julio to pick us up from the airport. Julio (pronounced with a soft J like jewlio…) became our taxi driver extraordinaire. On the ride into town, we discussed everything from surfing to architecture to the dot com world (he called it “point com.”) Thank you Julio for making it smooth.
I had a couple of definites to accomplish in Rio: a studio visit with Iole de Freitas, whose work I had seen at documenta, and a trip to
First was the mountain. It was Wednesday morning and the clouds had lifted. Jaime called and said “
We caught the train in Cosme Velho and swayed through the rainforest to the sounds of a samba band. Straight up we went. From there, we took an elevator and finally some stairs to reach the peak.
And then I saw it – icon of icons - Christ the Redeemer stretching out across the skies. Completed in 1931, this 105-foot example of art deco statuary is without a doubt one of the most jaw-dropping pieces of public art anywhere. Did you know it was chosen as one of the NEW 7 Wonders of the World in a global Internet vote this year?
All around me people fell to their knees or laid full out in homage to this marvel. And the form of their reverence? The digital camera. It was pure performance. Kneeling and clicking, splaying and clicking. Catherine, Jaime and I laughed and looked and snapped and stood staring up absolutely transfixed.
Now, to me, the thing that makes this piece of public art worthy of 7 Wonder status is the location, location, location. It would be commanding in the center of a city or next to a ball park, but on the top of Corcovado mountain with the gorgeousness of
How does this relate to Artslant? Well, it’s this notion of visibility. Letting the world see.
Whether permanent or temporal, on the corner of such-and-such or in the middle of a major museum, we want all interested parties, and even those who aren't aware they are interested, to know about the art in our city. This is why we created the ADD feature on Artslant - so everyone can get their
So may I suggest - Add It.