Monday, December 14, 2009

Bunker Flowerpots and other miracles by Lina Bo Bardi

Spent a perfect Sunday morning leafing through Olivia de Oliveira's
classic Lina Bo Bardi monograph

we've blogged about Bo Bardi before

but what struck me now was the quite eccentric Chame-Chame house
basically a Bunker Flowerpotbuilt in Salvador in Bahia in the 60s and demolished (RLY?) in the 90s

arranged around an existing tree that Lina loved
this became her later style

kind of culminating in the miraculous MASPI where paintings
were iconicaly hung on a plexiglass sheet supported by a concrete block
Lina hung out a lot with all the artits of the period
and was especially inspired by the great Helio Oiticica.

According to Oliveira,
Lina translated Oiticica's Crelazer concept (creative inactivity! our favourite!)
into the Maspi void, an urban space where activity was not prescribed,
but people could just hang around waiting for nothing
Another important Oiticica concept that Lina translated into architecture was of course the Parangole , the fabric that could provide shelter. Lina used curtains and drapings as Parangole, even dressing up columns in tropical fabrics. In the back , a tree column

and a Tree skyscraper

a Cyclopean wall with flowerpots, a design intended for the fantastic Sesc de Pompeia

and a pyramid chair.
For more Bo Bardi,
head over to Mr Pablo De La Barra's Blog
the Centre for Aesthetic Revolution

1 comment:

Silvio said...

its not MASPI, its MASP.
great job on your blog.