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Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Burle Marx, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Kristin Capp

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date

Medium & Support
ink-jet pigment print on paper

24 in x 20 in (60.96 cm x 50.8 cm)

Credit Line
Gift of Ms. Kathleen Lauster and Mr. Jarir Derouach

Subject matter
This photograph was created looking down from a tall building towards an urban scene below. Occupying the center of the photograph’s composition is a rectangularly-shaped rooftop garden.  The garden itself is divided into curved, rounded islands of greenery, around which wraps a white walkway. In the central island, a smattering of aloe plants sprout against the darkness of the grass. The disorienting perspective of the photograph makes the rooftop garden appear to be on the same plane as the traffic and pedestrians walking below. Located in Rio de Janeiro, this garden was designed by Burle Marx, a prominent Brazilian landscape architect. The curvaceous shapes that make up the garden are representative of much of his work.

Physical Description
This photograph depicts a bird’s eye view of an urban rooftop garden composed in a series of organic shapes.  Pedestrians, cars, and streets are visible below the garden.

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aerial views
bird's-eye views
parks (grounds)
public gardens
roof gardens
urban environments

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