BRAZIL Lost & Found … (No. 41)

Posted by on 27. April 2012
Para

The Governor's Palace in Para ...

I suggest you read this, a novelist, whose name is long forgotten, wrote it 80 years ago: „This parquet floor is made of the rarest and noblest lumbers of the rain forests of the State of Para. Here you find sandalwood, rosewood, satinwood, ivorywood and the fire red stripes inbetween are of inlaid brazilwood, from which Brazil has her name …“. I never saw a more beautiful floor. It is a mosaic from the jungle, the masterpiece of marquetry, looking like a painting, and you feel the pride of the people of Para to use nothing but their lumbers, even for blueish, purplish and greenish shades. Inside the tropical trees you find all the colours of a painter’s palette. Where is this unknown wonder? In the city of Para in Brazil, in the convention or ball room of the governor’s palace, build in „Rubber Baroque“, the boom style of the mid 19th century. The visit is a double feature: Amazing how gaudy wood can be and amazing what artist achieved with this gaudy wood …

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