Casa da Memória, part three.
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Destination Curitiba, capital of the state of Paraná.
Casa da Memória, cultural heart of Curitiba. Part three.
Rio de Pinhões
The ground floor, called ‘Praça do Iguaçu’, is covered with cobble stones that are arranged in a circular pattern around the winding staircase. Darker cobblestones mark the lines of so-called paralelepípedos, trapeziums. The circle is interrupted by a shallow stream, of which the bottom appears to be covered by marine fossils. This art piece is called ‘Rio de Pinhões and represents the identity of the ‘paranaense’, inhabitant of the state of Paraná, of which Curitiba is the capital. The art piece is created by Elvo Benito Damo.
Pieces of modern art of various artists are found at the ground floor:
The bronze statue ‘Tocadora de Gitarra’ (‘Guitar Player’, 1923) is a creation of one of the most influential artists of Brazilian Modernism: Victor Brecheret (1894-1955), who also created the widely known ‘Bandeirantes’ statue, in São Paulo.
There is also religious history to be seen in the Memorial. Two altars (dating back from 1693 and 1875) from the first church in Curitiba (Igreja da Matriz) flank two paintings (from 1693 and 1720) of Nossa Senhora da Luz dos Pinhais, patron saint of the City of Curitiba. The space, in which the altars and paintings are located, is named ‘Capela dos Fundadores’.
By Dr. Adriano Antoine Robbesom
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