My first crew layover in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil was admission to a free outdoor art gallery. Artistic expression abounds on the south side of Rio! It began with our crew layover hotel’s lobby where one of several magnificent costumes for Carnival greeted guests. Not 20 yards from the front of our crew hotel, walking toward Ipanema Beach, I passed a mural painted on the stone wall running alongside the road. So vivid, and full of life in color; I tried to decipher the meaning from the mural. Angry? Political? In love?'
None of these individual artists, ordinary citizens to world-renown professional, knew what a collective and spectacular display of art and expression they created within a 5 mile stretch of Rio de Janeiro.