|Today, I came, I saw, I conquered Ibirapuera Park. (and this lion)|
|Monumento as Bandeiras at the entrance to Ibirapuera Park, Sao Paulo|
Inside the MAM, there were many exhibits on display ranging from paintings, abstract videos, an electric powered train that played music, a Volkswagen Van lined in art, and things made from bottle caps. My favorite exhibition was the Jack Pound Project. The work is entitled ‘Jack Pound Financial Art Project’ and was created by Latin American artist Lourival Cuquinha in London, between 2008 and 2009. All made with authentic British money bills, the main piece has already proved to be highly lucrative. He sewed together, a total of £ 1,000 in bills reproduce Saint Georges Cross, the classic shape on the flag of England. Behind the aesthetically astonishing result, Cuquinha has led a network of investors who co-authored the art piece back in 2008. At that stage, each of the 42 investors acquired shares of his ‘financial art’ project by investing £5 and £10 money bills that have been used as the main material for half of the flag. The other half was made with the earnings of the artist while doing a typical immigrant job in London as a rickshaw rider.‘The idea came from an article he read in ‘The Sun’ saying that most English people wouldn’t realize if £ 1,000 disappeared from their bank accounts. Therefore, the concept brings together two pillars of British economy: speculation and immigrant work’, says Cuquinha, who had all his project’s shares sold off in less than one month. Not least, some were quickly resold for up to four times their original value, putting the flag’s price up and making its commercial value crystal clear.
|The artist holding the flag.|
After leaving the MAM, we visited was the Museu Afro Brasil. The museum houses a collection of approximately 4,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, prints, photographs, documents and ethnological pieces of Brazilian and foreign authors, produced between the fifteenth century and today. The collection encompasses several facets of the cultural worlds of Africa and African-Brazilian themes such as religion, work, art, the African diaspora and slavery, and recording the history and the historical construction of African influences in Brazilian society. The museum also offers educational and cultural activities, temporary exhibitions, a theater and has a specialized library.
|The Obelisk of São Paulo|
That is my day in review, and now its off to dinner and then heading to a local watering hole, O'Malley's, to watch the Ohio State Buckeyes take on Wisconsin. Its a 10p kickoff here in Sao Paulo and the place has a $30 cover charge tonight, but I bleed Scarlet and Grey, so win or lose, I'm a Buckeye.