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Mariko Mori’s ‘Ring: One with Nature’ on permanent view in Rio de Janeiro state

Ring: One with Nature by acclaimed Japanese artist Mariko Mori is now complete and on permanent view in Cunhambebe State Park in Mangaratiba, Rio de Janeiro state. The installation premiered in August, ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics Games, and celebrated its completion timed with the commencement of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

“It is such a special moment to see Ring: One with Nature realized in Rio,” Mori said. “It has been a long but fruitful journey to bring the dream I had from seven years ago to life, and I’m honored to present it during such a special moment of international unity that is the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Highlighting Mori’s artistic and intellectual practice of combining science, technology and nature, Ring features a luminous ring suspended at the peak of the 58-meter-high (190-feet-high) cascading Véu da Noiva, meaning “veil of the bride,” waterfall. As the sun illuminates the work from different angles, Ring changes in color, transitioning from hues of blue to gold.

Ring is an emblem of beauty set in the surroundings of Brazil’s rainforest, a wish for peace and harmony, and a reminder of every being’s timeless connection with the earth, according to the Faou Foundation, founded by Mori in 2010 to gift monumental art installations to promote environmental awareness around the world. The Foundation gifted Ring to Brazil’s Instituto Estadual do Ambiente (State Institute of the Environment) and the State of Rio de Janeiro.

Photo by Leo Aversa, courtesy of Faou Foundation