Art and Architecture
With so much diversity, beauty, and extremities packed into its immense territory, it’s no wonder that artistry and creativity run rampant in Brazil. Culture, both “high” and “low,” but especially cultura popular, is seemingly everywhere—in the masterful elaboration of a tall tale at a bar table, the intricate embroidery of a tablecloth, the expressive sculpting of a clay figurinha, not to mention the 45-minute choreographed spectacle of enormous floats, dazzling costumes, and thousands of samba-ing singers and dancers vying for the yearly championship title during Rio’s famous Carnaval. With endless sources of inspiration, there are no limits to Brazilians’ creativity.
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition