The governor of Rio, Claudio Castro (PL), sanctioned law 9,417/21, authored by the president of the Legislative Assembly of Rio (Alerj), deputy André Ceciliano (PT), who recognizes the Sítio Burle Marx, in Barra de Guaratiba, west zone of Rio de Janeiro, as State Cultural Heritage. The law provides that the Executive Branch may carry out actions and agreements to finance works and actions to maintain the property.
The site, which won the title of World Heritage by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) in July this year, is a bank with 3,500 plant species, 50 discovered by the landscaper, who organized expeditions and designed gardens in several capitals in Brazil and also in other countries. Burle Marx lived there for 20 years, where he created the concept of the modern tropical garden, breaking with the tradition of classical and romantic gardens of the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The property was donated to the federal government in 1985 and functioned as a true experimental laboratory for Marx, who was also a plastic artist, painter, sculptor, jewelry designer, costume designer, set designer, ceramist and tapestry maker. Managed by the National Historical and Artistic Heritage Institute (Iphan), the cultural center receives an average of 30,000 visitors a year.
Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro
Edition: Jaqueline Deister