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IInnovation, transformation and reflection are at the heart of this utopic contemporary art and botanical center. Instituto Inhotim is a lush paradise for the enthusiasts of the arts, a place where culture interacts with nature.
DESCRIPTION Though inspired by the Piece Unique shirt, Kilometre takes the design to a whole new level by adding their own spin to it. Copying the original garment in two different fabrics and adding delicate embroideries of travel destinations to them, the shirt is instantly elevated in a casual, yet elegant way.
Hand embroidered in India, 100% cotton.
GOODIES All Kilometre products come with a passport (a travel guide matching the destination of the product + booklet about the brand and its history) and a “second skin”.
All Kilometre products are hand-woven and hand-embroidered; similar to the techniques used to create haute couture. This shirt is made especially for you, so please don’t expect the same production times as fast fashion.
Before the opening of Hotel Inhotim, the only hotel inside Instituto Inhotim scheduled to open in 2015, stay at Pousada Nova Estância, artist Steve Locke’s favorite inn which combines arts and nature in perfect harmony
Córrego do Feijão, Brumadinho
Paint your world red in one of Instito Inhotim’s permanent exhibitions. Cildo Meireles’ Red Room (1967-1984) will have you absorbed by its spirited yet slightly ominous appearance.
Be one with the art and have an immersive viewing experience with one of the outdoor exhibits. Write your name with the hundreds of scattered letter-shaped pots and then plant some flowers inside.
Doug Aitken, Sonic Pavilion. This piece of art is an attempt to register and play the sound produced by the land.
Lucas Santtana, famous brasilian musician who gave a few concerts on the Magic Square Stage of the Institute.
Restaurant Oiticica, típica brasilian cooking in dreamy setting at the very heart of Inhotim.
You are the artist behind drawings embroidered on Kilometre’s shirts. How did you process to “capture” in one drawing the spirit of each of these destinations ?
I plunge myself into each of them very simply. I read, wait, and observe very carefully, even thought from a very long distance. Day and night, i keep my eyes open to read the place without ever having been there physically. There, I build up a dream. Then the imagination does the job by translating this polyglot journey.
How did you met Alexandra and started working for Kilometre ?
Freshly graduated, I met Alexandra during the summer of 2014. Everything started with Instituto Inhotim, as I rote my thesis about this place and it was one of the first destinations Alexandra chose for Kilometre. A funny coincidence as we were both fascinated by the place without having been there yet. I showed her my project and this imaginary world I had build up around it perfectly suited Kilometre.
What attracted you to this place more than any other ?
It’s a very lively place but remote and hard to reach. It embodies the desire of an earth paradise. There, gardens and gigantic artworks interact freely and the result of that is a perpetual multisensory dialogue. The whole project was about creating a new approach towards environment.
You have a fantasised vision of Inhotim, based on, I suppose, huge research work. How did you proceed with this researches ?
Not necessarily fantasised because this place remains real to me. It was like a long paper chase, I spent nights wandering through the garden on Google Earth. I was in touch with a few people who were physically there and who gave me the very precious feelings about this incredible place, with helped giving life to the final project.
Do you have any secret to share with us ?
Yes a beautiful secret but secret… You’ll have to go look for it among thousands of flower essences.
What is Instituto Inhotim to you ?
An extraordinary garden where you can give yourself over to the beauty of nature and art.
Do you plan to go there soon ? Don’t you fear of being slightly disappointed after having dreamt so much about it?
By the end of 2016 I hope. Disappointed, never. I must admit I have an overflowing imagination, and I look forward to discover Instituto Inhotim.