The original crazy paving – Roberto Burle Marx
There couldn’t be a better time to post up a few images from the portfolio of the late Brazilian artist, horticulturist and landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx (1909-1994).
Shots of the Copacabana and Ipanema waterfronts in Rio de Janeiro (understandably popular with World Cup TV crews across the globe) all feature Burle Marx’s iconic paving designs lining the promenades. The original (and in my opinion, still the best) ‘crazy paving’ out there.
Burle Marx is one of my favourite landscape architects. I find his instantly recognisable style of geometry inspiring and even though Marx’s work seems reflective of its time and has somewhat of a ‘retro’ feel to it, in my opinion many of his works – Such as the Copacabana and Ipanema designs are simply timeless.