rest in peace beautiful mind, roberto burle marx influenced his native land in the most durable yet alive ways. almost a decade after his death his works continue to inspire and spark relevance in nowadays debates on urban planning, sustainability and contextualised aesthetics. the brazilian landscape artist re-introduced something that might seem just too obvious- the use of locally growing plants. by doing this he was keeping his abstract, cubism inspired garden designs up for a continuous celebration of brazils fauna. research driven he specifically errected a place for intentional cultivation of brazils native vegetation, giving ground to 3.500 different species of plants.
burle marx has been working on various projects, yet creating for the public sector, of all commissions, has been described as being his favourite – since it ‘ could be enjoyed by all social strata ‘, as his collaborateur Haruyoshi Ono recalled him saying in an interview with the new york times.
copacabana’s mosaik strip for example gives room for joy, as well as the daily mindexpanding shapes in the city reminding ones eye of possible urban perspective without compromising on functionality
roberto’s regard has been finding numerous ways of colourful translation, since landscape design gives room for a combination of disciplines. thats why it is not surprising that he is reffered to being a painter, as well as an architect and a botanist at the same time. what counts is the use of the elements.
his specific style had entered brazil in the early 50’s, shaping the given playfully and celebrating whats there – for a public to embrace
canal de l ourq reaching north
for the bonlieu to come
below la petit ceinture, the track that was
traverse the river
towards buttes chaumont along rue de crimeé
through gates, on cobblestones, some steps to reach
a fortress of a wooden wonder stands in its height
its standing still
surrounded by houses, by gardens
small and delicate and rich
you are to enter below its carvings
into a single hall of width and depth
candles and all voices melting into calm
lean your forehead on the icon
kiss its surface
choose your rhyme – light a candle for the beloved , for their protection
let go for it and give it time