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  • Março, 18. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    botanyopeningvisit

    Leitura: 3 min

    New Orchid Greenhouse at Inhotim

    New Orchid Greenhouse at Inhotim

    Next Saturday, March 22, Inhotim Botanical Garden opens another thematic space. The new Vanda Orchid Greenhouse will gather about 350 orchids from the Vanda group, originating from Southeast Asia and Australia, and it will be the only greenhouse of the kind open to the public in Brazil. The event will be the ideal opportunity to see about 50% of these plants flowering at the same time.

    The creation of an area dedicated to these rare orchids is part of a conservation project carried out by the Institute and intended to collaborate with the maintenance of these vulnerable species. Those visiting the Vanda Orchid Greenhouse on its opening day will have the chance to talk with orchid specialist Delfina de Araújo and discover interesting facts about these plants. The Blog do Inhotim chatted with the scholar, who gave some tips on how to cultivate this species. Check it out!

    – The flowering of the Vandaceous lasts 40 days on average. A good tip to extend this period is to keep the plant away from lamps. The heat they emit causes flowers to dry and wither;

    – Sun and excessive heat are also harmful because they lead to plant water loss. So keep the flowers in a cool place;

    – The vandaceous should be watered every day, always in the morning. Use preferably a spray bottle and water them until the roots turn green and lose the pearlescent appearance;

    – After the loss of flowers, water the plant daily and apply specific fertilizers for this species. They should be kept in a bright place, but away from direct sunlight.

    Click here to learn more about the new Vanda Orchid Greenhouse.

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    Março, 07. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    botanyvisit

    Leitura: 2 min

    Garden of Stones

    Garden of Stones

    Amid the lush gardens of Inhotim, a novelty has drawn attention of visitors. The Garden of Stones, near the Educational Plant Nursery, was inspired by the desert landscapes of Mexico and gathers plants that are rich in beauty, despite the limited availability of water.

    There is an explanation for the idea of ??creating such a different garden. Inhotim’s agronomist Livia Lana  explains, “We already had several species, some even rare. Then, we create a special environment where it is possible to understand the context in which they live”.

    Foto: Rossana Magri

    Picture: Rossana Magri

    The specimens that comprise the Garden of Stones come from deserts as well as from arid regions in Brazil, and include Cactaceae, Crassulaceae and Euphorbiaceae. Despite their complicated names, these plants are widely used in landscaping and their maintenance is relatively simple. The hard part of the job was to transform the local soil to receive the seedlings, which was done by using mainly sand and stones.

    On your next visit, make sure to visit this exotic garden. Click here to learn more about the botanical richness of Inhotim.

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    Fevereiro, 03. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    artbotanytamboril

    Leitura: 4 min

    Nature reborns

    Nature reborns

    Forest waste. It is this refined name that ironically defines designer Hugo França’s favorite raw material. Since the late 1980s, he has transformed wood discarded by traditional furniture companies or just naturally condemned into benches, chairs, tables, cupboards, shelves and adornments, referred to as movable sculptures. Among the 1,000 pieces produced so far, 98 are at Inhotim, where you can find the largest collection of works by the designer.

    It is impossible to walk through the park without noticing these amazing structures with sustainable appeal. Rustic, yet very cozy, they invite visitors to take a break, either to rest, contemplate nature or reflect on any of 170 works of art on display. Long-time partner, Hugo França installed his first work in the garden in the 1990s, even before the the Institute was fouded in 2006. Under the shadow of the Tamboril, ancient tree that is now one of the symbols of the park, he placed a huge bench, recently replaced by a larger one, also by the designer.

    The story of Hugo França with wood pieces begins almost three decades ago. Eager for a new lifestyle, he moved to Trancoso/Bahia, where he lived for 15 years. There he discovered the Pequi-Vinagreiro, common tree in the Atlantic Forest in Bahia, but hardly useful in the usual woodworking for being very irregular. He began to avail unearthed roots, hollow logs, branches and whatever else he found to create unique pieces that value the natural textures and shapes of these plants otherwise rejected.

    Banco Hugo França

    Rustic, yet very cozy, the benches invite visitors to take a break l Photo: Rossana Magri

    Not without reason, the first cuts are made where the wood is found. Some blocks may weigh over a ton and need to be divided for transportation. Still in the woods, the pieces begin to look like benches and tables and are finished in one of Hugo França’s workshops. From there, his sculptures are sent all over the world.

    Besides being part of private collections such as Inhotim’s, his work has been featured in a long list of institutions such as the MAD Museum in New York, the Tomie Ohtake Institute in São Paulo, the Art Rio in Rio de Janeiro and currently the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, a botanical garden located in Miami, United States. Until May 2014, visitors will see 25 movable sculptures of the artist, whosesensitive eye is capable of bringing life back to nature.

    Recently,  Crane TV made a video about Hugo Franças’s work. Check it Out:

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    Janeiro, 23. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    artbotanybrumadinho

    Leitura: 6 min

    Tips to visit Inhotim

    Tips to visit Inhotim

    How do I get there? Is it possible to visit the whole Park in one single day? Where can I stay near there? How much is the ticket? Do they have parking facilities? I’m going straight from the airport, where I can store my luggage? Can I take a guided tour?

    If Inhotim is part of your wish list to 2014, at some point you will come across some of these questions. Enjoy the tips and start planning your visit.

    The first step is to know how to get there.

    Inhotim is located in Brumadinho (MG), about 60 km from Belo Horizonte. To calculate the best route for your trip, just click here (http://www.inhotim.org.br/visite/como-chegar). If you are in Belo Horizonte, on average, it will take you 90 minutes to drive to Inhotim. The parking lot at the park is free of charge. However, if you fly in, you can rent a car or take a taxi. It takes about  2 hours from Confins airport to the park or one and a half hour from Pampulha airport. The good news is that Inhotim has lockers for your handbags and luggage. You can also get there by bus. Saritur bus company has a line that goes from the Belo Horizonte bus station, located downtown, straight to the park, Tuesdays through Sundays . Check out  the timetables and bus fares here.

    Where to stay.

    Okay, now that you already know how to get there, you need to decide if you are going to stay in Brumadinho or in Belo Horizonte. Inhotim has 110 hectares of visitation area, which means you won’t be able to visit the entire park in just one day. If you are in Belo Horizonte and have a day off, you will certainly enjoy the visit. But if Inhotim is your main destination, a three-day visit is your best option. This way, you can walk, reflect and enjoy the environment with no need to hurry. Check out the lodging options here. 

    And now what?

     

    Purchased airline tickets, hotel reservation, it’s time to plan your visit to the park. Since Inhotim is a place unlike any other you’ve ever visited, there are some tips that can make your visit there even better. Besides being a Contemporary Art Center, Inhotim is also a Botanical Garden. Art galleries are surrounded by palm trees, flowers, lakes and plenty of wooden benches. Yes, art in the middle of nature. That’s why walking is an important part of the visit. To save some time, a good tip is to buy your ticket in advance. And if necessary, you can also rent internal transportation on our electric carts. Click here to purchase your ticket.

    Another great tip is to navigate through the park before going there. The interactive map helps you decide routes, learn about the galleries and even get better acquainted with some of the artworks. Speaking of delving into the park, here  you can learn about the guided visits that happen at Inhotim. Food service points are strategically located. Check out each one of them. Before you hit the road, it’s worth reading the visitation rules, so that everything will run as planned.

    If you made it this far, you are very close to accomplishing your goal. Inhotim is an unforgettable place. Enjoy!

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    Janeiro, 17. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    artbotanyeducaciontamboril

    Leitura: 6 min

    My day at Inhotim

    My day at Inhotim

    I was really excited when I heard I was coming to Inhotim.  I didn´t really know what it was, but Vitor told me it was super cool and there was lots of space to play.  Vitor came here once.   Artur and I didn´t.  Well, right after we got to the parking lot and walked to the park, I was really excited with that huge pathway, covered with trees.  When the guys put the visitor sticker on our shirts, we heard there were some special activities for kids during the day.  When we got there, they told us there would be a treasure hunt.  They divided the kids into groups.  The smaller kids went somewhere to play and we, the big kids, got together to start the treasure hunt.

    There were two teams. Each team had to find all the clues and discover the surprise at the end.  The assistants helped us solve the riddles.  We started running to find the clues really fast.  There were five clues.  They had notes that told us how to find the treasure.  Each clue told us to go north, northeast, northwest… all directions.  I found three out of five all on my own.  I was really smart. The clues were hidden in the middle of the vegetation, tied to the plants.  All you had to do was to slide your hand along and look real good and you could find it.  Some clues made us really tired, because we had to run and really look for them.  After we found everything, we went to get the treasure, seeds of the Tamboril tree. This big tree behind us.  

    After all this, we went to visit the whole park.  I didn’t really know what I was going to find.  When I arrived there, I thought I was going to see art, animals, and lots of trees I’d never seen before.  Artur really just wanted to go see Saci1, and his story.  Someone told him he was going to see Saci at the park.  Ow, Vitor also said there was a tree here that moves every month.  I don´t really believe that.  If the tree started moving around, I’d be really freaked out.  But one thing we did a lot was walking.  We walked, and walked, and walked… my leg even hurt at the end. 

    Meu dia no Inhotim - Colônia de férias Artur (6), Vitor (10) e Eduardo (10) enjoyed their day of visit at Inhotim Photo: Rossana Magri

     

     

    The Cosmococa was the thing I liked the most.  We entered there and there were five rooms:  one with balloons, another one with foam, another one with a pool, another with hammocks and another one with movies.  We even went for a swim in the pool.  Artur and I swam in our shorts.  Vitor was here before and he knew about the pool, so he brought his swimming suit.  Also, we strolled around lots of cool places and saw lots of different flowers, like cactus and others.  We went to a room where the floor is covered in broken glass. We went to another room that was really dark. We saw a shock ball too.  I was afraid the water was going to fall on me and I’d get shocked!  

    But there was something I thought was really weird:  the water in the lakes is green! What do they do to make it look like that?  Another thing: that blue room, with tiles, with a wall painted with human organs inside. How did they do that? What about the shallow pool in this building’s entrance, are we allowed to enter or not?  Another different thing I saw was the sculpture of a man mended to another man.  I thought that was pretty crazy and we even took pictures trying to copy them.  

    At the end, we even saw Saci’s house, but we couldn’t see him like Artur wanted to.  We didn’t have the stuff we needed to make him appear, and the assistants were not there at the time to help us.  But I thought Inhotim was really beautiful.  The art, the environment, everything was made with a lot of care, wasn’t it?   When I first got here, I thought it was kind of weird, because I’d never been to a place that big.  But now I know how it is and I want to come back.   I couldn’t see everything yet, like, for example, a room that is all red.  I really enjoyed it!

    Statement given by Eduardo, age 10, about his day of visit to Inhotim.

    1 Saci is a Brazilian´s folklore character. He is a one-legged youngster  who smokes a pipe and wears a magical red cap that enables him to disappear and reappear wherever he wishes.

     

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