In 2008 Vidrotil was commissioned to create a mosaic mural based on an original design by Romero Britto, an artist whose neo-Pop art has always portrayed joyfulness of living.
The mural was installed in the main hall of Instituto do Câncer de São Paulo, where the scene pledging a sunny day, a calm and starry night, butterflies, flowers and a group of people gathered together in mutual support conveys a feeling of warmth to all who visit the largest cancer treatment facility in Latin America.
The use of vivid colors in murals, paintings and sculptures is a trademark of Romero Britto’s art. In this work, the Vidrotil glass mosaic tile palette not only perfectly met the artist’s color specifications but also added movement and reflectivity to the mosaic surface. To assemble the 49-ft. long, 10-ft. tall mosaic piece at our workshop, 12 craftspeople handled no less than 137,000 tesserae in the translation of Romero Britto’s design, a careful job that required more than 30 days work.
In Romero Britto’s website you can get a taste of the breadth of his body of work and also get to know a little more about the social work the Britto Foundation does.
This post comes a little late, but we just got our hands on the Summer issue of Modernism magazine last week. Their cover was dedicated to the Werneck House, a fine example of Brazilian modernist architecture of the 1950s.
The house design, a gift that artist Regina Wernek received from Marcelo Roberto — one of three brothers who formed the architecture firm MMM Roberto — is a jewel in terms of all-around sophisticated design. Besides the innovative building process, practically every constructive and decorative detail in the house was designed and made to order, from wall and floor coverings to cabinets and closets, dinnerware and fabrics. At the entrance, the visitor is welcomed by a lovely mural made in Vidrotil glass mosaic tiles by Regina’s father, Paulo Werneck, in 1959. “[The mural] blends the aesthetics of decorative art with the function of a durable and protective exterior,” says Werneck’s grandson and current house owner, designer Gaspar Saldanha. The Werneck House is emblematic of masterful design and understated distinction.
As to the mosaic art of Paulo Werneck (1907-1987), it was informed by the Modernist movement launched in Brazil in the late 1920s. In the words of art historian Carlos Martins, Werneck’s murals can be found in numerous residences and public buildings across Brazil, designed by modernist architects that include Oscar Niemeyer and Le Corbusier, to which they provide a dynamic, complement and distinctive character.
Werneck’s murals have been surveyed as part of the Paulo Werneck Project and can be seen here.
Unfortunately, Modernism magazine does keep older online articles on file, but for more pictures we suggest you check out this blog.