Kinetic sculpture by Anthony Howe delights tourists and residents opposite Candelária church in city centre
In a city that is not short on sights, a new attraction has been attracting thousands of visitors and residents in downtown Rio de Janeiro.
As with many of Howe's kinetic sculptures, the wind plays a large part in the work. The sculpture, which spans 12 metres (40 foot) in diameter, moves gracefully yet powerfully in the wind, with spirals representing life. Howe's vision was to replicate the sun, using movement to mimic its pulsing energy and reflection of light.
Visitors to the site, opposite the 19th century neoclassical church of Candelária in the huge Olympic Boulevard live site, are delighted by the interplay of light and wind. "It really makes a difference to the cauldron," said Carolina Farias, who came to have a look during her lunch break.
"I didn't understand until now how it stayed moving all the time," said retail worker Jorge Luis, whose shop in the region has seen a massive rise in footfall since Friday.