A fitting tribute

25 01 2013

Sao Paulo’s arresting multicoloured tribute to Oscar Niermeyer, the architect who passed away this year aged 101. He was responsible for one of the city’s landmarks, the hulking masterpiece or to some,dystopia, of the ┬áCopan building. Famed for its massive bulk and sinuous curve, this skyscraper was built as an innovative mixed-income housing project, complete with luxury penthouses and cheap public flats (supposedly favoured by the city’s tranny hookers). It houses so many people it has its own postcode, and a local Buddhist group uses its summit for meditation (in place of the traditional mountain top).

Local street artist Kobra has produced this massive mural right in the heart of the city, on Avenida Paulista.

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