Portal Do Sul. Unity Portal.
2017-2019; repurposed timber, concrete, hardware, oil paint, sealant; 4.5x18.5x13.5 feet
Portal Do Sul is an architectural-sculptural installation that conveys a unifying vision of the world.
It was conceived as ‘the house of nature’ which is always open and which includes all and accommodates all of us without exceptions.
Evoking the reciprocal interrelationships with nature and among the visitors, the work serves as the threshold for personal transformation that calls into focus the ultimate unity of our existence and unlimited human potential.
The sculpture was constructed from reclaimed timber as part of a regional reforestation initiative with native tree species. Part of the Earth Portals - Unity Portals series of interrelated works, it examines human relationships with nature and with each other.
Portal Do Sul’s framework was inspired by the natural geometry of a circle - O - and the façade of an old countryside house in Brazil which was constructed in a vernacular architectural tradition known as pau-a-pique (where mud, straw and bamboo are used structurally to build walls).
The ecology of Serra Do Mar Atlantic rain-forest, where the work is installed, also plays a pivotal role in its perception, as the surrounding natural environment with its boundary-less vistas is conceived to be an integral part of this installation.
The open framework of Portal Do Sul is designed to be interactive and engage the audience.
The sculpture is aligned with the daily movement of the Sun and the Earth’s four cardinal directions. It is open from the south to the north and it was devised as an ecological structure that channels the natural elements and energy of the site to heighten visitors’ perception of nature’s exuberant beauty and its unsurpassed power.
Portal Do Sul. Unity Portal was commissioned by Instituto Catuçaba in the state of São Paulo, Brazil
is an artist-conceived linguistic and visual expression that defines the notion of egoless Lov. It employs equation as its method to present a ‘formula’ that eloquently interprets the integrative qualities of love and serves as the foundation for a diverse group of socially-engaged artworks.
Love-ego=Lov Gardens is a series of eco-conscious landscape sculptures and workshops.
Its primary focus is the cultivation of intergenerational collaborative work ethics by engaging the community in a creative process of designing and planting the Lov Gardens.
The works contribute to the regeneration of ecologically neglected areas of land at urban and natural sites by creating erosion-preventive gardens of native plant species.
The first Lov Garden, depicted here, was planted in the Serra Do Mar region of Brazil in response to the fertile topsoil erosion from the farm fields.
2016; approximately 50 x 70 meters, plants, trees, organic manure, irrigation system.
My work articulates the unity of human experience as interdependent on each other and on the natural environment.
The works further experiment with conceiving of the new modes for community living and human relations as we confront environmental and social decline.
The sculptures presented here allude to the notion of trans-space where a perception of spatial volume is an integral and united entity integrated within the social and natural environment.