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  • Junho, 23. 2014

    Inhotim press room


    gastronomytamboril

    Leitura: 2 min

    Prawn-stuffed Sole

    Prawn-stuffed Sole

    Learn how to prepare this delicious dish served at Tamboril, one of Inhotim’s restaurants that offers a diversified international menu.

     

    Ingredients

    2 kg (4 lb.) of sole fillet

    1 kg (2 lb.) of pink prawns

    2 spoons of butter

    1 leek cut into slices

    2 grated onions

    Extra virgin olive oil

    Lime and salt to taste

    How to prepare

    Season the sole fillet and the prawns with salt and lime and set aside. Squeeze the grated onions using a sieve to remove all the water, which should be diluted in melted butter. Pass this mix onto the sole. Then, make a medallion with each fillet, stuffing each one with two prawns.

    Place the medallions in an ovenproof dish and pour the rest of the onion-water and butter mix on top. Put it into the oven preheated to medium temperature for 30 minutes, cover with foil. Then, remove the foil and let it brown for 10 more minutes. The sauce should not dry up.

    In a separate pot, sauté the leek in olive oil and put it over the roasted medallions. Serve with rice with garlic and arugula salad.

    Makes 6 servings

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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, 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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    Novembro, 19. 2013

    Inhotim press room


    botanytamboril

    Leitura: 3 min

    In the heart of Inhotim

    In the heart of Inhotim

    One does not need to go a long way into Inhotim to bump into one of the largest and most beautiful trees in the park: the Tamboril. The specimen, located in the central area of the Institute, is an invitation for whoever is wandering around to go and take pictures. Moreover, Tamboril encourages you to rest underneath its shade or perhaps just gaze at it for a couple minutes. The tree is a popular hangout amongst visitors.

    The story of Tamboril, or Enterolobium contortisiliquum, is intertwined with the story of Inhotim itself. The tree is believed to be from 80 to 100 years old, thus being one of Inhotim’s oldest assets. One of the restaurants in the park has been named after the specimen, which has remained in the same place ever since the region was a small village. Additionally, it is the inspiration for some of the ceramic artworks produced at the park, which have the tree painted on them.

    Tamboril is an abundant species of our flora. Being deciduous, it loses its leaves seasonally. Its canopy reaches from 20 to 35 meters of height and it may range from between 80 and 160 inches of trunk diameter. It is a fast initial growth tree, which makes it well suited for reforestation. Its fruits are curvy and semi-hardwood, kidney or ear-shaped and may contain from two to twelve shiny brown seeds. Due to that, the tree has been granted several popular nicknames over the years, one of them being “Monkey’s Ears”.

    In spite of being large and thick, the Tamboril wood is light, soft and very resistant. Due to that, it is often used to make canoes, toys, plywood and crates in general.

    Since it is a waterbed tree, it was customary for washerwomen in the past to use Tamboril seeds and peels to wash clothing, as they contain soaping properties. Nowadays, several institutions are carrying out more thorough research on Enterolobium contortisiliquum. The Federal University of São Paulo (Unifesp), for instance, has discovered the existence of a protein in the plant’s seeds, which has been extracted and proven to have powerful antitumor, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant and antithrombotic action.

    Popular Name: Tamboril or Monkey’s ear

    Scientific name: Enterolobium contortisiliquum

    Family: Fabaceae

    Occurrence: rain and semi-deciduous forests all over Brazil’s territory

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