Erik Nitsche: The Casino Park Complex in Madeira
Artist: Erik Nitsche
Madeira, an archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean 350 miles from Morocco, is coextensive with Funchal district, Portugal. Maderia is the largest island; it is a popular year-round resort area, with a pleasant climate and unusual scenic beauty ranging from mountain peaks to deep, green valleys. The most famous product of the islands is Madeira wine. As a Portuguese Autonomous Region, Maderia has been heavily influenced by Portugal's rich architectural heritage. This artwork features an important modern structure in Maderia, the Casino Park Complex. It was designed by famed Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who was born in Rio de Janeiro in 1907. The Complex appears to rise out of the ground around it, thus blending into the surrounding landscape. Such a design is important to the overall concept of modern architecture in Maderia, as it preserves the beauty of the environment while at the same time providing a functional building for the benefit of the islands.
This painting was originally published on the Fleetwood® First Day Cover for the Portugal Europa 1987 Modern Art - Architecture stamp issued May 5, 1987.
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