A personal selection of photographs with their stories.
352: Bird at Monument
When you want to go from the center of Rio de Janeiro to Copacabana Beach, it is probable that your journey will follow the long Aterro do Flamengo. At the beginning of this urban park that is flanked by wide avenues, you will find the Museu do Arte Moderna, and next to it the immense monument that commemorates the participation and losses of Brazil in the Second World War: the ‘Monumento aos Mortos da Segunda Guerra Mundial” or “Monumento as Pracinhas”. The below grade mausoleum holds the remains of 468 soldiers of the Brazilian Expeditionary Force that died in action in Italy. Outside, there is the 31 meter high monumental portal, a granite statue representing the soldiers of the land, naval, and air forces, an abstract sculpture that represents the Brazilian Air Force, and a large mosaic that honors both the navy and merchant marine who died at sea. A long, shallow pool allows natural light in the mausoleum and regulates the temperature. At the moment of the picture, a sea gull rested on the margin of the pool.
© Adriano Antoine Robbesom 2012, 2017