Beesewcial, Burle Marx, Brazilian modernism and Banana Trees

Hello Beesewcial friends! I can’t believe that it’s July already! It’s summer and why not enjoy all things warm and tropical, right? So, this month I want to invite you to my part of the world, a trip to South America. This month is all about a person whose work I highly admire. He passed in 1994 but left me with a reason to be proud to be Brazilian. You might not recognize the name, but you sure have seen his works, if you remember the famous sidewalks of Copacabana. Roberto Burle Marx started as a painter, but later wore a myriad of hats such as urban garden architect, plant connoisseur, sculptor, jewelry designer, environmentalist and many more. He was one of the first to speak up against deforestation. He discovered a large variety of plants in the Amazon forest, and he loved designing with native plants and weeds. He designed urban gardens all over the world with a 50’s - 60’s modernist style, curvilinear shapes, angular subdivisions and color contrasts.

Painting by Roberto Burle Marx

Painting by Roberto Burle Marx

For this prompt, I would like one block equivalent of 12” x 24” of a Burle Marx inspired landscape. You can check out my Pinterest Board here.

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If you remember the block I made for Anne with the prompt Home, that one was inspired by Burle Marx’s landscapes:


As for colors, I will stay true to Roberto’s signature and request that you use tones of white, black, oche/sienna/rust and, if desired, you can add small pops of forest or emerald green and/or royal blue such as the examples below.

If you want to see some of his works, the New York Botanical Garden has a Burle Marx exhibition open from June 8th, 2019 until September 29th, 2019:

If you want to learn more about Burle Marx and his works, here are some cool links:

More images:

Finally, the most important rule: Have Fun!

Thanks for indulging me!