Japanese Immigration Memorial By Gustavo Penna And Associates
April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
Beautifully realised by Gustavo Penna and Associates, the Japanese Immigration Memorial is a monument which exists in metaphorical celebration of bi-cultural cohesion. Situated in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, it structurally and environmentally honours the relationship between Japan and the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais through its unity of cultural symbolism.
From the architect: “The journey starts from the symbolic Japan of cherry trees to Minas of white ipe trees. In order to honor Japan and Minas, curved walls were also placed, side by side, in an allusion to both flags: the red circle and triangle. This is a fortunate analogy which refers to the synthesis and concision that is common to the peoples of both countries. The symmetrical bridge shape with entwined curves brings, at the same time, cohesion, continuous movement and interdependence.”
The memorial is located in the Prosecutor Francisco Lins do Rêgo Ecological Park, Belo Horizonte.
Photography by Jomar Bragança