No.10 – Rio de Janeiro

Rio de Janeiro by Jonathan Chapman

No. 10 of my 2018 world series challenge is Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Rio de Janeiro (River of January), is a metropolis of over 12 million people in Brazil and the capital of the state of Rio de Janeiro. Part of the city has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Founded in 1565 by the Portuguese, the city was also the capital of a republican Brazil until 1960 when it was transferred to Brasília. Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and balneario beaches. Perhaps the most famous landmark is the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain.

This illustration of the view from Corcovado mountain was created with acrylic and ink on acrylic paper. It’s my expressive take on the iconic statue surrounded by an emerald green landscape. The blue waters of Botafogo Bay and the Atlantic Ocean also fade into a hazy horizon. I’ve never had the pleasure of travelling to South America, but if the opportunity arises the colour and vibrancy of Rio would be a tempting starting point!

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Next up: No.11 – Vestrahorn Mountain, Iceland