Cathedral of Brasilia. (Vicente de Paulo/Courtesy Paddle 8)
Grab your 3D glasses, the artists at Visionaire, an art and fashion publisher, have added dramatic new depth to architectural photography. The work of Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who brought Modern design to Sao Paolo, Brasilia, and Rio de Janeiro, has now been optimized for viewing through stereoscope lenses. Just as Niemeyer innovated architectural design, making soft, delicate curves out of his concrete buildings, the international team of artists at Visionaire are advancing stereoscopic design and traditional ways of viewing cities, neatly packaging 3D scenes of modern Brazil against Niemeyer’s landscape into lenticular cases featuring the art of Fernando and Humberto Campana and Beatriz Milhazes on its exterior.
In collaboration, Paddle8, a website showcasing international art, has launched the same series of images of Niemeyer’s work by photographer Vicente de Paulo. Paulo’s once color images capturing both details and entire works of the architect’s buildings are now seen in black and white, but are all the more lively with their 3D manipulation. And it seems appropriate that Niemeyer’s portfolio would be viewed in this dream like manner often used to bring fantasy worlds to life, for as Niemeyer said, “architecture is fantasy.”