Note from Priscilla: This is the second of my posts from the Rio+20 Earth Summit. You can read the full post here.
It was an art installation made by 1500 bodies—a huge painting on a canvas of silky sand at the Flamengo Beach in Rio next to the People’s Summit.
Amazon Watch sponsored the event, and it was coordinated by aerial artist John Quigley, working from an image created by artists of Brazil’s 235 indigenous peoples. Tribal leaders nominated the artists, who worked together for several months to choose the message and design the image.
Want to know how these huge aerial designs get put together? I did too! So I showed up ahead of time and got in on the setup.
Here is the beach a little past noon: volunteers from tcktcktck.org and other orgs are setting orange flags in orange tape in the sand, following John’s directions.
Shortly after 1:00 the people start to arrive: first dozens, then hundreds. Here’s John explaining what’s going to happen.
Members of Brazil’s indigenous groups file into the picture first.