with light projection and cartography creations at Belmond Copacabana Palace 27th July, 2016- Belmond welcomes the world to Rio de Janeiro with a series of art installations by award-winning Icelandic artist, Kristjana S Williams, at the city’s landmark beach-front hotel, Belmond Copacabana Palace. Inspired by cartography and nature, the most dramatic of the artist’s creationsis a butterfly-themed theatrical light projection that showsbutterflies gliding over the seven-story high hotel façade.
The display premieres at 6pm on Sunday 31st July and thereafter will run nightly at 7pm for ten minutes until 14th August. Itcan be enjoyed by the general public from the beach promenade in front of the hotel, and spectators are encouraged to share the moment using #DiscoverBelmond. Each butterfly carries a different country’s flag on its wings, designed to represent the coming together of nationsfrom around the globe in celebration of cultural diversity. Belmond adopts the butterfly as a symbol of hope, strength found in fragile beauty, the promise of new life and a journey well-travelled.
Andrea Natal, General Manager, Belmond Copacabana Palace, explains, “We wanted to host a series of initiatives that engage with our guests, local community and welcome travellers from around the world to Rio, at a time when the city is at its most vibrant. Belmond Copacabana Palace is an important visual landmark and one of the most photographed buildings in the city, so we wanted to do something special with the facade that would create a wonderful lasting impression of the destination”.
To keep visitors guessing, there are a number of different butterfly and celebratory themed projections, all carrying the message ‘Rio Welcomes the World’. From 4pm on 31st July, preceding the first projection, local visitors and guests are invited to gather at the beach outside the hotel for the launch of 200 butterfly-shaped kites and 700 balloons. The celebrations will be led by local dignitaries, athletes and the children of Solar Meninos de Luz, the hotel’s long term charity, which supports the education and welfare of children from underprivileged communities in Rio de Janeiro’s South Zone.