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Petterson Dantas’ Illustrations Are a Colorful Ode to Oscar Niemeyer

  • 14:00 - 19 March, 2016
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  • Translated by Matthew Valletta
Petterson Dantas’ Illustrations Are a Colorful Ode to Oscar Niemeyer
Petterson Dantas’ Illustrations Are a Colorful Ode to Oscar Niemeyer, © Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

Petterson Dantas was born in Caicó, Brazil and has lived in Natal for 17 years. An architect and urban planner, he graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. His series "Ode to Oscar" illustrates important works of Oscar Niemeyer, depicting the contrasts and the beauty of the buildings designed by Brazil's most famous architect.

Read the description of the project and see the illustrations below.

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

This series illustrates some of the most important works of the architect Oscar Niemeyer (1907-2012). It is comprised of 11 pieces that depict buildings and monuments located both in Brazil and abroad, constructed between 1940 (Church of St. Francis, Pampulha, Belo Horizonte) and 2001 (Museu Oscar Niemeyer, Curitiba).

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

The aim of the illustrations was to depict Niemeyer's architecture through a series of contrasts present in his work:

Curves vs. Straight Lines

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

Earth vs. Heaven

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

Full vs. Empty

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

White vs. Color

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

To accomplish this, each project has been transformed into a flat figure, while maintaining their facade and essential lines. The background, consisting of colored orthogonal bands, emphasizes the desired contrasts and marks the important aspects of the structures.

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

The Ode to Oscar series allows for the creation of a large panel that juxtaposes the illustrations, interweaving the backgrounds used in each of the individual parts. The parts are mixed together, creating colored tiles that show familiar forms as the observer approaches. 

© Petterson Dantas
© Petterson Dantas

To see all the illustrations from the Ode to Oscar series, click here.

Cite: Delaqua, Victor. "Petterson Dantas’ Illustrations Are a Colorful Ode to Oscar Niemeyer" [Arte e Arquitetura: "Ode a Oscar" por Petterson Dantas ] 19 Mar 2016. ArchDaily. (Trans. Valletta, Matthew) Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/784021/art-and-architecture-ode-to-oscar-by-petterson-dantas/>