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Daniel Arsham Sets Blue Japanese Zen Garden in Rio de Janeiro

Daniel arsham blue garden rio de janeiro designboom 1800

This new work from Daniel Arsham elevates the beauty of an already astonishing view of Rio’s Sugar Loaf Mountain, via designboom.

presented by oi futuro — an institute dedicated to culture, education, and sustainability — arsham’s ‘blue garden’ re-interprets an ancient environment, important in japanese culture as a refuge for meditation and contemplation. here, the artist ornaments the sand landscape with contemporary ‘petrified’ artifacts from his practice, suggesting a contrast between the ancient and the modern. ‘where the stones should be, we find everyday objects,’ dantas continues, ‘petrified, functioning as a kind of geological expression, in dialogue with the monumentality of the geological expression of pão de açúcar — solemn, straight ahead, creating the strange equilibrium of this garden.’

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