Conserving the spirit of Burle Marx gardens in Recife, Brazil

Carneiro, Ana Rita Sá, Figueirôa Silva, Aline de and Mafra, Fátima (2008) Conserving the spirit of Burle Marx gardens in Recife, Brazil. In: 16th ICOMOS General Assembly and International Symposium: ‘Finding the spirit of place – between the tangible and the intangible’, 29 sept – 4 oct 2008, Quebec, Canada. [Conference or Workshop Item]


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Abstract (in English)

This paper has as its main aim to present Burle Marx gardens inventory as an instrument to conserve the spirit of the Recife urban landscape in Northeast Brazil. In Burle Marx’s garden conception (as one of the most famous landscape designer all over the world), vegetation is the main element of an architectural composition which takes into account the cultural aspect. He showed this principle in the first public gardens designed from 1935 to 1958 in Recife. The gardens were drawing on ecological, artistic and educational principles and were referred to as ‘living monuments’ according to the Charter of Florence (1981). Until 2002 there was lack of conservation in most of these gardens. They were threatened to loose Burle Marx conception for new interventions with any artistic, historical and cultural values. The practice of conserving historic gardens began to be discussed in Recife in 2002 when consideration was given to the restoration of two of the gardens: Euclides da Cunha and Faria Neves. The restoration was based on the proceedings of the Charter of Florence exploring pleasure and meditation in order to preserve the spirit of Burle Marx garden. The first part of the inventory deals with six gardens and it will be continued to a group of the eighteen Burle Marx public gardens in Recife.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Carneiro, Ana Rita Sá
Figueirôa Silva, Aline de
Mafra, Fátima
Languages: English
Keywords: spiritual value; conservation of historic gardens; historic gardens; Florence Charter; inventory; restoration
Subjects: E.CONSERVATION AND RESTORATION > 02. Theory and doctrinal texts
H.HERITAGE TYPOLOGIES > 10. Historic gardens
O.INTANGIBLE HERITAGE > 01. Generalities
Name of monument, town, site, museum: Burle Marx garden, Brazil
ICOMOS Special Collection: Scientific Symposium (ICOMOS General Assemblies)
ICOMOS Special Collection Volume: 2008, 16th
Depositing User: Jose Garcia
Date Deposited: 08 Oct 2010 12:02
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2011 19:13

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