Bruno Giorgi: Os Candangos Sculpture

Bruno Giorgi's monumental bronze sculpture known as Os Guerreiros (The Warriors) or Os Candangos was created in 1959 and measures 8 meters tall. It is the centerpiece of Brazil's governmental plaza, Praça dos Três Poderes (Three Powers Plaza), located in the capital city of Brasilia. Os Candangos was erected to pay homage to the thousands of workers who built Brasilia. The sculpture has become the symbol of the city.

I believe the photos below are of the erecting of Os Candangos as they are circa 1960. Marcel Gautherot

Bruno Giorgi was born to Italian immigrant parents in Mococa, Brazil on August 13, 1905. His family moved to Italy in 1911, where they settled in Rome. Bruno became interested in art at a young age and by 15 was already studying sculpture and drawing. His life as an artist was interrupted in 1931 after being sentenced to seven years in prison for participating in the anti-facist movement. In 1935 after only serving part of his sentence, he was extradited to Brazil with the help of the Brazilian ambassador to Italy.  Bruno once again could continue to pursue his love of art.

In 1937 he moved to Paris and attended classes at La Grand Chaumière (see photo below) and Académie Ranson where he met sculptor and mentor, Aristide Maillol. Due to the threat of war (WWII) he returned to Brazil in 1939. From the 1940-1980's he created many sculptures including monuments for both Brazilian and foreign governments. He worked with various mediums including bronze and marble, creating pieces that ranged from figurative to the completely abstract. He passed away in Rio de Janeiro on September 7, 1993.

Photo sources in the order of appearance. Americanas, Wikipedia, Areal, Gimenez, Marcell, Nenozen, Oliveira, Cassiano, Cassiano, Cassiano, Cassiano, Gautherot, Gautherot, Giorgi, Manzon, Wikipedia.

For many other great pics of Bruno Giorgi's Os Candangos sculpture check Flickr pages here.


Anonymous said...

Nice sculpture and the buildings behind blow me away

Mid-Centuria said...

No doubt. The buildings were designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer. The building you see in the background is the Palácio do Planalto- check out the Palácio da Alvorada too; they both are among my favorite buildings.