Were it not for the weird architecture, the Niterói Contemporary Art Museum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil wouldn’t amount to much. If you could take it for a spin – perhaps to its landing pad north of the Equator – you’d already be hallucinating.
Yes, its prolific and widely regarded architect, a Carioca by the name of Oscar Niemeyer, quickly learned that the museum, better known the acronym MAC (Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói), might be mistaken for another acronym, UFO…to those who knew the English word, anyway. Bonus– here’s the Portuguese term: OVNI.
The Niterói Contemporary Art Museum was completed in 1996, and was supposed to evoke a continuously growing flower rising atop Guanabara Bay.
Evidently, the flower that Niemeyer was thinking of was an invasive species.
A day earlier, We had gone up to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain (Pão de Açúcar; I am still clueless as to how to pronounce it, how about you?) and had no idea to look for the Niemeyer icon. This shot of both – and the three creatures photobombing it – made up for the oblivious behavior.