We take off a little after 10:00 A.M. driving along the ridge at the edge of Belo Horizonte where the mall is and all the tall buildings are being constructed. The road leads us out of town to the hilly landscape surrounding the city. The drive is filled with twisting roads and small third world villages filled with people going about their usual day. It is less then an hour and we arrive in Brumadinho but our travels are not quite complete. Just outside this dirt road filled community we pull into the parking area of Inhotim. Not sure what we will find here but the parking lot is half full and the driveway leading up to the entrance is lined with beautiful palm trees making quite a statement
We pass through the gates to the ticket counters that resemble any ticketing area found in the United States. After purchasing our passes we gravitate towards the little gift shop. The shop is filled with hammocks, butterfly cages and all the other items needed to fill one's yard. Still at this point I am not sure what we have paid for but it must be garden related by the items in the little shop. Soon we turn in our tickets and head down the perfectly cobblestone path to begin our exploration. A few steps and the path splits in two directions around a calm clear little lake surrounded by grand palm and eucalyptus trees. This was
only one of many man made lakes that accent the gardens and provide the swans a geese a place to swim within the boarders of the property. We head off to the left as we see a building in the near distance, just past the little wooden bridge. This will be a taste of what we will find in this intriguing place. Upon entering the first building we are required to remove our shoes in the little entryway. Through the doors we enter the first room which is decorated with all the normal amenities of an home except everything is red. Yes - everything is ruby red and to be quite honest it is the red which is my favorite color. I really want to snap a couple photos but we were informed by the girl at the entrance that there is no photography in any of the galleries we will visit today. (I did end up finding some photos
|Red room photo found on the intenet|
|another internet photo - this one of|
the glass room - click to enlarge it
|another internet photo|
We spend the rest of the day wondering around the wonderful gardens while exploring the art galleries scattered throughout. My favorite galleries would have to be the stark white room filled with hammocks as you know I love a good afternoon hammock nap. The observation deck where you can listen to the center of the earth. The installation which challenges the deforestation of the Amazon region of Brazil. Housed in a large glass dome, an enormous log cutting machine with its claws wrapped around a stark white tree with roots embedded in the machine. This is only a few of the gallery highlights we discovered. There are so many more wonderful works displayed though out the gardens right next to the wild life and spectacular vegetation.
Not only was I impressed with the art in the galleries but throughout the gardens lye trinkets of wonderful artistic vision. The good thing about the pieces in the garden is there are no limitation on photography and it is simply a wonderful day for photographs. My favorite were the looking balls in the reflecting pools. The soft breeze pushing them in different direction creating a wonderfully relaxing sound. Another favorite was the colorful concrete shapes protruding from the earth adding a wonderful contrast to the green surroundings. Oh heck, there are just too many exhibits in Inhotim that intrigue me
that I would like to share with you and this blog post would just be too long. I can only encourage you to give Inhotim a high mark on your bucket list. So much to share and looking back at the day, it was simply wonderful. Walking all over the 5000 acres sure did not seem like much but I am sure we covered several miles. At the beginning of the evening we decide to head back to the city and meet up with Ronaldo and Luiz O for dinner again. It is another great day exploring the wonderful hidden treasure Inhotim.
Interesting facts about Inhotim
- The garden is home to the largest collection of palm trees in the world with over 1300 species.
- Art - there are about 500 pieces by 97 artists from 30 nationalities.
- They have a large education program for the community.
- It has the largest collection of living plant species in Brazil with over 4,000 native and exotic species.
- They have visitors guides in English - you don't find that many places in Brazil.
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If you are interested in other photos Ihotim - I have provided a link to goolge images - enjoy!
picture of Inhotim from Google Images
|where you can listen to the center of the world|
|a pipe runs through it all!|
|Building nestled among the gardens|
|another one of my favorites|
|and another one of my favorites|
|Lunch - a little expensive.|
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