Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Event: Hugo França at the Fairchild Botanic Garden ~ Dec. 1 thru May 31

“Itapema Chaise”- designed by Hugo França, 2013. Made from pequi wood. 43.3” H x 86.6” W x 49.2” D. Approximately 441 lbs.

Brazilian artist Hugo França can see form and texture in the remnants of once living trees. His hand crafted accents and furniture evoke the essential beauty of well seasoned burl and exotic wood grain. There's no better place to experience such natural creativity than at the Fairchild Botanic Garden in Coral Gables, Florida. Here the artist and the Garden are committed to fostering sustainability and promoting conservational awareness.

This is part of the Art at Fairchild program dedicated to introducing the community to the beauty and power of art in a natural setting. The Fairchild is more than a natural setting, it's a wonderland that celebrates the tropical plants around the world. Such an exotic setting is the ideal surround for França's creative works which originate in similar ecosystems of the northern Brazilian state of Bahia.

Franca's skill was learned by living with the indigenous people of his homeland to discover their long used woodworking techniques that bring out the natural beauty of discarded remnants of felled, burned or dead trees found in the Brazilian forests. By working them into functional designs, França gives new life to trees that are sometimes hundreds of years old.

These hand crafted pieces demonstrate França's ability to assess each piece of reclaimed wood and see a finished project hidden inside. Instead of masking irregularities, he accentuates them to enhance the natural quality of his materials. The pieces are organic and show a true appreciation and understanding of nature.

Franca's collection will be on exhibit in the garden from December 1, 2013 to May 31, 2014 and will be curated during Art Basel Miami Beach by Cristina Grajales of the Cristina Grajales Gallery in New York.


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