Brazilian Hugo Franca, the most recent featured global designer to show his unique art form at the world famous Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Metropolitan Miami, has joined the ranks of an ‘elite’ group of artists to have been invited since 2005 as part of Fairchild’s annual Art at Fairchild exhibitions. Franca’s showing was launched recently during the Art Basel Miami Beach edition and will be on display at The Gardens until May 31, 2014.
Since its inception , Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden’s Art at Fairchild program has been dedicated to introducing the community to the beauty and power of art in a natural setting” according to a Press Release about Franca’s exhibition.
Franca’s distinctive method and style working with wood was largely influenced during fifteen years living with indigenous people in a jungle in Salvador de Bahia (Northern Brazil) where he learned and harnessed his unique woodworking skills.
“Instead of masking it, he accentuates the natural quality of his materials. The pieces are organic and show a true appreciation and understanding of nature” the Fairchild press release announced.
The Brazilian artist-sculptor uses all natural materials to create purposeful and sustainable designed pieces like Chaises and Benches. Each piece is made from reclaimed wood from felled, burned or dead trees found exclusively in Brazil. Sixteen pieces of Franca’s unique woodwork sculptures are currently on display at the 85-acres Fairchild Garden in Coral Gables for the next five months.
In the past, the Art at Fairchild program has hosted the works of renowned artists like Dale Chihuly (ethereal blown glass sculptures), John Chamberlain (towering aluminum entwinements), Will Ryman’s (fantastical flowers), Roy Lichtenstein (thick lines) and Yayoi Kusama’s whimsical shapes, just to name a few.
“Fairchild has also played host to interactive exhibits like Yoko Ono’s Wishing Grove in the Vine Pergola, which allows guests to write a wish and tie it on one of the vines. The wishes are collected from exhibits worldwide and placed in the Image Peace Tower in Iceland” according to the folks at Fairchild.
According to Brooke LeMaire, Marketing Associate at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, “Mr. Franca’s work is truly unique and I think it will attract much attention here at Fairchild.”