Gabriela Gusmão inaugurates New Flame at Nova Friburgo as part of the Art Monument Brasil 2016 Prize

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A sculpture by Gabriela Gusmão, submitted for the Art Monument Brasil 2016
Prize and conceived by the artist specifically for the public space in the
town of Nova Friburgo, in the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro. Built
from cuts of steel, the work is 3m tall, 2.25m wide and 0.65m deep. It has
been installed in a grassy field in Via Expressa, across which the Olympic
torch will be carried on 30 July 2016, when NEW FLAME will be unveiled. Its
underground structure and the grass that covers its base create the
illusion that the sculpture is being held up by the imaginary beak of a
metal seagull. This sensation of unstable equilibrium creates a sense of
curiosity and triggers the invention of playful narratives.

What giant might have launched this ship from the infinite beyond?

In 2016, a symbolic sculpture from the cosmic ocean landed in Nova
Friburgo, radiating vibrating waves of positivity with the presence of NEW
FLAME. It is reminiscent of the folds of a paper airplane, while also
alluding to the Olympic torch. The aim of this work of art is to create a
new point of change in the town, a focal point for sporting and other
activities. Passers-by can and should freely enjoy the grassy area around
the sculpture, which in time will become occupied by trees and benches.

Just as the Olympic torch is always lit, the idea of this work of public
art is that it remains a constant source of creative energy in the town.
The NEW FLAME sculpture also has aesthetic and symbolic links with the
Olympic and Paralympic values, namely: equality through symmetry,
inspiration through equilibrium and playful gracefulness, courage and
determination through verticality, excellence through formal rigour.
Finally, respect for friendship, the wings of this reflection, set us free.

The NEW FLAME is a poetic flying invitation and a gift to the town of Nova
Friburgo, acquired through the tender Prize for the Art Monument Brasil

Date of inauguration: 30 July 2016

Place and time: Via Expressa, Nova Friburgo, 18:00.
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