Fun Fact: Thanks to this map, Latin America's importance was regenerated
Friday, October 17, 2014
South America's surprising art
Artists have been conscious of the essentially fictional status of maps and the power they possess in construing and constructing worlds. Like many, Joaquín Torres García believes mappings are not representations, but mental constructs or ideas that enable and effect change. García was determined to establish a distinctive and confident art movement in South America. In many ways, the excellent, eye-opening Radical Geometry at the Royal Academy sets out to do the same. It makes the case that the different kinds of abstract paintings and sculpture produced in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela from the 1930s to the 1970s were as innovative as anything being attempted in the "north." We couldn’t say it any better than Torres:
Joaquín Torres García wrote, "We have a true idea of our position, and not as the rest of the world wishes."
“I have called this “The School of the South” because in reality, our north is the south. There must not be north for us, except in opposition to our south. Therefore we now turn the map upside down, and then we have a true idea of our position, and not as the rest of the world wishes. The point of America, from now on, forever, insistently points to the South, our north."
For more than half a century, Inverted Maps of South America have been iconic in Latin American culture. A piece that has been used to tell different stories, making the phrase, “The north is our south” ubiquitous. The image is synonymous with a country and with a style of art, constructive universalism. When we traveled to Montevideo, we saw mugs, t-shirts, erasers and even post-it notes embellished with the image of Torres Garcia’s inverted map.
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Fun Fact: Costanera Center is Santiago’s Tallest Building
Friday, October 17, 2014
Located right in downtown Santiago, Chile, the Gran Torre Santiago building boasts all the popular stores – TopShop, Zara, Levi’s, Bobbi Brown, M.A.C., Espirit and H&M, which are all conveniently located inside the Costanera Center mall. Built in 2012, this is the tallest building in Latin America and the second tallest in the Southern Hemisphere after Australia's Q1 on the Gold Coast.
There are sixty-four floors of jewelers, bookshops, high-end fashion, electronics, department, retail, and accessories; you can even find a car yard. The structure is home to the three largest Chilean department stores Paris, Falabella, and Ripley. The parking lot is also the first in South America to use the "Find Your Car" parking technology by Park Assist making it easier to locate your car after shopping. Starbucks is outside to rejuvenate shoppers after their shopping marathon of carrying heavy bags and walking from store to store. If you’re looking for more of a meal, there are restaurants or food courts on the upper levels to satisfy your hunger. Don't really want to eat out? For patrons who love to cook, the Gran Torre Santiago even has a jumbo supermarket so you can pick up any essential groceries. If you want to turn it into an outing, there’s even a cinema, CinePlanet, often showing recent films in English. What doesn't the tallest building in Latin America have in it??
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