workshops at ibirapuera park by hugo franca
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sep 03, 2012
workshops at ibirapuera park by hugo franca

one of franca’s pieces already integrated in the park
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designboom reports from the design weekend in são paulo – live!

são paulo-based sculptor hugo franca has developed ‘workshops’ for design weekend, brazil’s first festival to promote design
and its connections with art,  architecture, urbanism, decoration, social inclusion, business and technology.
located in the ibirapuera park, in são paulo city, franca showcases his process of transforming two dead, fallen trees into urban
furniture items for the public space.
these pieces will add to his already established 13 installations already positioned in the gardens.

the first piece is carved out of a 20 meter eucalyptus tree which took franca and his workers eight hours to produce. because of its long,
rectilinear dimension it has taken the form of seating beside the park walkway. it will undergo further detailing and curing
similar to the finishing process of wood furniture. the second item, exhibits the organic actions of franca’s technique to create these massive expressions.
he draws on the trunk with a piece of chalk which outlines the cut mark for his team. the sculptor then uses a chain saw to carve the
wood to the desired shape. his approach maintains a sustainable relationship between nature and the community.

‘workshops’ at ibirapuera park by hugo franca, são paulo, brazil
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rectilinear form
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pieces cut from the tree trunk
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process of second piece being sculpted
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excess piece
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designer hugo franca outlining in chalk the next layer to be cut
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chalk outline
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organic body
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franca supervises the process
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electric chain saw is used to penetrate the trunk
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hugo franca
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