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Original plan of the Flamengo Landfill project by the architect Roberto Burle Marx (1960?)

Original plan of the Flamengo Landfill project by the architect Roberto Burle Marx (1960?)

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Roberto Burle Marx creates his first major landscaping project, the project for the new Flamengo landfill, one of the postcards of Rio de Janeiro.

Original plan of the Flamengo Landfill project, from 1955, with the stamp of Roberto Burle Marx's landscaping office, on the front and back. Sheet consisting of 5 pages dividing the landfill into 10 different spaces. In Portuguese. 28.5cm x 90cm. Rio de Janeiro, without precise information about the date (~ 1960). Excellent condition.

The so-called Aterro do Flamengo – which occupies the edge of Guanabara Bay between Santos Dumont Airport and the Botafogo bay, in Rio de Janeiro –, was designed between 1954 and 1959 by Affonso Eduado Reidy (1909 – 1964), for the urban planning, and Roberto Burle Marx (1909 – 1994), with regard to landscaping. The Flamengo park is 7 kilometers long, includes an artificial beach, gardens, sports courts and is part of the heritage of Rio de Janeiro, being the largest leisure area in the city of Rio de Janeiro.

Burle Marx presented there an immense panel of Brazilian and international tropical flora, with trees from the Amazon forest that had never been used before in landscaping projects. The author became known for the result of this project, considered spectacular, being one of his most impressive works.

Aterro do Flamengo is one of the postcards of the city of Rio de Janeiro and every tourist who arrives in the city through Santos Dumont Airport passes through it when wanting to reach the central region. The example presented here of the original project is in excellent condition and its exclusivity makes it especially attractive to collectors who have a passion for Rio de Janeiro, for the work of Roberto Burle Marx, as well as for the importance that the landfill has in the context of architecture and landscaping in general.

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