Viva Oscar Niemeyer! / by Mark Langevin

The Washington Post reports,

“Oscar Niemeyer, widely regarded as the foremost Latin American architect of the last century, brought a daring and dramatic approach to public-works design through his glass cathedrals, cantilevered roofs and ovular-shaped buildings.

Mr. Niemeyer, who died Dec. 5 at age 104, conceived and built the futuristic federal buildings of the new capital city of Brasilia in the late 1950s. The project launched him to international attention and defined him as one of the most distinctive creative minds in his profession.”

You do not need to have known Oscar Niemeyer to understand his soul. A simple walk down the Esplanada dos Ministérios and through the Eixo Monumental in Brasilia is enough to understand and appreciate the soaring spirit of this architect, citizen, and fellow human.  His work will remain behind to inspire the young and remind all of us what life can be, art in the making.