When the priest José de Anchieta climbed the Serra do Mar from Sao Vicente, found a diverse landscape of dense tropical forest. In the Sao Paulo plateau mild climate and shrubs fields brought a familiar comfort, suggesting aspects of Mediterranean vegetation.
The Piratininga fields were a sea of hills alternated woods forest, pines and meadows flooded with extensive savanna. This contrast with the Atlantic Forest, was decisive for the choice of the first settlements of the Portuguese colonists, as evidenced by the names of village of São Paulo de Piratininga, Santo André da Borda do Campo, São Bernardo do Campo and Santo Amaro da Borda do Campo.
This countryside, gave first space for livestock and wheat, then to the cycles of sugar cane and coffee, which in turn disappeared under intense industrialization and urban development. Overlooked by the typical mapping that defines the biome, apart from textbooks, it became unthinkable for the vast majority of citizens that link the Atlantic as the São Paulo native landscape. Today, buried in a deep amnesia, the field continues, only now rock with concrete and asphalt canyons and vegetation planted with 96% of foreign plants, is still far from being a forest.
The city is the new ecosystem, perpetually re-created, where the cerrado as its antithesis is the original Wasteland, occupying a suspension in space that does not participate in the city, and understood only as a power of being something.
The track was the first intervention of the human being in the landscape, and long before the prehistoric graphics, a line is drawn tearing vegetation and relief.
The need to repeat his route develops over time on its banks, livelihood, housing or businesses, completely replacing the natural territory for productive territory.
The trail of the "Cerrado Infinite" is a reverse process that forms will from continuous actions of decolonization of the urban landscape plant. Occupies areas already aimed at a function such as public squares, or locations that have space to be transformed by releasing land of any predetermined function.
The Cerrado Infinito
The Cerrado Infinite is a contemporary work of art in the context of urban intervention, relational aesthetics and land art. His intention is to create a track of land, planting on their banks the native vegetation of the place, recreating the visuality of natural areas within the urban environment.
The artistic process can be started in a square with lawn or garden, opening the track and replacing alien vegetation by native, Decolonizing the landscape.
For this the artist makes expeditions in search of surviving plants, collecting scattered individuals in the urban area, to plant them in collaborative action.
The process develops an undulating route that takes advantage of the terrain and prolong walking time to the maximum, as an anti-shortcut or a worthless tour without function of transporting and gain time. Immersion vegetation, invites to idleness, awareness and detachment of spatiality and time everyday.
The public space taken up by plant wasteland, visually resignified as historical landscape of the past, becomes a territory for new processes.
With the interaction, people become part of a an artistic ecosystem that acts beyond the dimension of nature, in symbolic spheres that promote another connection order with his duties, the trail to share seeds, seedlings, information, events, ideas , art, research and fun.
The Cerrado Infinite, developed at different sites, are fragments of a single track, connected to each other by the imagination and the will to be covered collectively, ignoring geography determined by urban planning, social differences and urban transport systems.
Randomly, we promote the event DESCOLONIZATION !!! Picnic International Decolonization World landscape, which presents some artistic experiences developed in the Cerrado Infinite, or invited artists by its relation to the subject.
cerrado infinito in the program 'paulistices' in the 'estadão'
SEE ON THE MAP HOW TO GET THERE:
Who can participate?
Anyone can join, or you can take the initiative to build your own Cerrado Infinite. If possible participate in the activities, or just look outside, something can always happen.
Stretch 01 - Planting on Saturdays from 10am in the square Homero Silva (East Square) which is in Andrew Street Married lane of Pompeia Avenue in 2140, District of Pompeii, West Zone.
Excerpt 02- Planting on Wednesdays from 10:00 to 11: 30h in the State School Garden of Camellias, located in Street, Jardim das Camelias, East Zone.