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Barracuda and the Giant Composites Sculpture

18 September 2012

Barracuda Advanced Composites supplied the concept and materials for the “Awilda”, a giant female face sculpture emerging from the Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taking part in the upcoming art project 'OIR' (Other Ideas for Rio).

According to Barracuda, at 12-meters-tall, the artwork is made out of 100% composite materials, using DIAB Divinycell as a core material. The sculpture took two months to complete and has been now been installed on the shore of the Botafogo Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The art work, signed by the artist Jaume Plensa, will be in the sea until beginning of November. Plensa is internationally known because of monumental pieces of public art such as the Crown Fountain in Chicago, US, which Barracuda explains has become a symbol of the city. The works of the Spanish artist are distributed worldwide and his work has been exhibited in museums and galleries in Europe, US and Japan.

Barracuda Composites says this is a great way to promote new applications of composite materials.