14 11 2019

ISSA Brazil: Sculpture Symposium at Comboriú


From October 10 to 13, the third Stone Sculpture Symposium at Comboriú was held in Balneário Camboriú, a resort city in the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. The symposium brought together nineteen sculptors from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay. The finished sculptures will be exhibited publicly in the Raimundo Malta Ecological Park of Balneário Camboriú.

The marble provided in the symposium were sourced from Mineradora Congonhas, a municipality considered the Capital of Marble. The marble is called "Aurora Veiada" or “Marmor Camboriú" and it was exclusively exported to Verona, Italy since the early 1900s. In Portuguese, Marmor Camboriú is named after tree bark and cork, since it was known for its nuanced color gradation and vein-like texture.

The symposium was organized by artist Jorge Schroeder, with the support of International Sculpture Symposium Alliance (ISSA). For the duration of the event, the public was invited to visit the sculptors in their workspaces and watch as the sculptures developed. The symposium set a successful example of the public-engaged artistic program which had become increasingly popular around the world.