Photographer's Note

Oscar Niemeyer is in intensive care, recovering following gallstone surgery. Hope he get well soon and can return to their activities.

The Cabo Branco Station of Science, Culture and Art, designed by the architect Oscar Niemeyer, has, since July 2008, become the most recent tourist attraction in the city of Joo Pessoa, Paraba, and is fast becoming a leisure option for its population.
There are five buildings: the tower, the auditorium, the open amphitheatre, the shop and snack bar, and the general services block.
The auditorium
The auditorium, the second most important building, is located in a symmetrical position to the tower in relation to the main entrance. If its position indicates a function equivalent to the tower, its less exuberant shape indicates its hierarchical position in the complex.
The auditorium hosts two works of art from local plastic artists, one of the characteristics of modern Brazilian architecture and specifically of Niemeyers work, to include other artistic expressions in his projects, searching for a direct integration between art and architecture. A tradition originated from the project of the Ministry of Education and Health building inaugurated in 1945 in Rio de Janeiro.
Facing the principal entrance of the Station, we encounter a reproduction of the lithograph Cavalo Marinho seahorse in the form of a mural by the Paraiban artist Jos Costa Leite, painted on a mustard yellow background. Born in Sap, Costa Leite is mostly known for his cordel literature and, having a very refined technique and a personal style, he utilizes the lithograph method to illustrate the covers of his booklets.
In the entrance hall, we encounter the stone of the kingdom (a pedra do reino) mural painted in oil on canvass by Flvio Tvares, the plastic artist, born in Joo Pessoa. The mural which measures 9 by 3 meters, was divided into 5 blocks by the artist in order to be executed. It represents Paraiban history and culture, in an enchanted and fantastic world, paying homage to such great Paraiba names as Ariano Suassuna, Jos Lins do Rego, Augusto dos Anjos, amongst others. The work which was specially commissioned for the Cabo Branco Station took approximately 2 months to be completed.
According to the artist, it departs from history to arrive at fantasy. It is an allegory. It departs from Cabo Branco, which represents paradise, where the sun rises, and stretches to Varadouro, which represents the encounter of all ethnic groups.
In addition the auditorium, making the most of the natural inclination of the site, hosts two convention rooms with 200 seats in each and a special suite of rooms for the cultural-artistic formation of students from the public school system.


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