The Earth seen from the sky

An aerial tour of various locations on the planet showing its beauty and environmental fragility over 20 years.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012)Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília

Full of colors and landscapes of the world, the show gives the public historical, social and cultural data on each of the places in the pictures. It also shows the degradation of some places. The aim of the exhibition is to contribute to the preservation of the planet.

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Locations in Brazil depicted in the exhibition


Located in the south zone of Rio de Janeiro, Ipanema Beach is considered one of the most famous beaches in Brazil, it is 2.6 km long and is close to the Leblon neighborhood, which sets it off.

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Rocinha footbridge designed by Oscar Niemeyer

Inaugurated by the then governor of Rio de Janeiro in 2010, the Rocinha footbridge, designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer, was inspired by women's curves.

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Slum in Morro da Coroa, Catumbi

The Morro da Coroa favela in Rio de Janeiro, part of the Santa Teresa complex, had an important part in the formation of Rio’s population and there are several stories about its origin.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012) by Imagem: Yann Arthus-BertrandBiblioteca Nacional de Brasília

Yann Arthus-Bertrand

French photographer and environmental activist Yann Arthus-Bertrand is the author of the project "Earth Viewed from the Sky," which brings together a series of images of the planet with pictures taken from helicopters, airplanes and balloons.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012)Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília

Exhibition outside the National Library of Brasilia


The exhibition arrived in Brasília on October 4, 2012, mounted outdoors near the National Library of Brasília and the Museum of the Republic. 

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Canyons of the Copacabana Fort

Inaugurated in September 1814, when Rio de Janeiro was the capital of Brazil, with the object of protecting the city from possible naval attack, the Copacabana Fort has a constructed area of 40,000 m² and a total area of 114,169 m².

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Downtown Rio, Cinelândia Square

The centre of Rio de Janeiro has residential and commercial buildings, and tourist attractions.  One of these sights is Cinelândia (Praça Floriano Peixoto, or Largo da Mãe do Bispo), popularly known for its theater, bars, nightclubs and restaurants.

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Independence Monument at Tiradentes Square

The monument in the picture is located in downtown Rio de Janeiro, in Tiradentes Square, it is the oldest statue in the city and a tribute to Dom Pedro I, the first Brazilian Emperor.  

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Image of the view of Guanabara Bay

Guanabara Bay, which is an oceanic bay, is about 380 km² and borders almost the entire metropolitan area of Rio.

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Yellowstone National Park, USA

Yellowstone National Park created in 1872, is the oldest national park in the United States. Located in the states of Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, it has approximately 9,000 square kilometers of crystalline lakes and canyons.

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Central irrigation pivot, Wadi.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012) by Imagem: Yann Arthus-BertrandBiblioteca Nacional de Brasília

The Eye of the Maldives, North Malé Atoll, Maldives.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012) by Imagem: Yann Arthus-BertrandBiblioteca Nacional de Brasília

Carpets from Marrakech, Morocco.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012) by Imagem: Yann Arthus-BertrandBiblioteca Nacional de Brasília

Heart of Voh, New Caledonia, France

The Heart of Voh, in French New Caledonia, is a large vegetation formation that resembles a heart seen from above. It is a natural clearing of 4 hectares formed by mangroves next to a lake.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012) by Imagem: Yann Arthus-BertrandBiblioteca Nacional de Brasília

The Maelifell Volcano at the edge of the Myrdalsjökull Glacier, Iceland.

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The 130 panels are arranged as a kind of map with landscapes of various locations on the planet.

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012) by Imagem: EBC - Empresa Brasil de ComunicaçãoBiblioteca Nacional de Brasília

Images from various locations around the world.



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Exhibition panels

Exposição A Terra Vista do Céu (2012)Biblioteca Nacional de Brasília

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