The seven-story building in Sao Paulo, Brazil, collapsed last Thursday. The structure was housing a studio for artists when it collapsed. A hundred people were inside the building when it happened. Fifty people were killed and three dozen more were injured.
The three dozen injured individuals have been admitted to local hospitals with serious injuries. These injuries included broken bones, head trauma, burns and hypothermia. Most of those who were injured are young adults between the ages of 20 and 25 years old, but there were some children as well.
The structure had been built in the 1950’s and was scheduled to be destroyed by the end of this month. The building’s owner has been accused of allowing artists to live in the structure while work on demolition was being done on the building. The owner is also accused of not having a permit for the construction of housing units in an area where such things are not allowed without a permit from local authorities.
The authorities that inspected this building prior to its collapse found no problems with it at all. The only thing that they could find wrong with the building was that some of the wood that made up the structure was rotting and appeared to be unstable. They noticed no other issues at all with this building prior to its collapse on Thursday afternoon.*
On Tuesday morning, a seven-story building in downtown São Paulo collapsed, killing at least three people. The collapse occurred during a severe rainstorm and was caused by torrential downpours that occurred throughout the day.
The building contained offices and was home to a number of companies, as well as a shopping center in the basement. In total, there were 29 businesses housed within the building. It is not yet clear exactly how many people were inside at the time of the collapse.
A rescue effort is underway but it is still too early to know whether more survivors will be found. Three people are confirmed dead, including one firefighter and two security guards who were on site at the time of the collapse.
In a moment of horror, a building collapsed in Rio de Janeiro, killing four people and injuring several others.
Among the casualties was the artists’ collective called Canvas, which lost its space and its work. The collective’s leader, Jackson Victorino de Lima, described Canvas as an “alternative space” that brought together people from different artistic backgrounds and generations.
The city’s mayor expressed his admiration for the artists and said that he expects a new space to be made available for them in the next three months.
For now, though, what remains is memories. And questions about why the collapse happened.
The Sao Paulo Museum of Art, one of the largest in Latin America, was hosting an exhibit of about 20 works by Andy Warhol. According to reports, a storm hit the area this afternoon and caused great damage to both the art and the building itself.
One of the most famous works from this exhibit was a giant yellow banana, which had been placed on top of the Sao Paulo Museum of Art. Witnesses say that when the storm struck, it ripped through the roof and sent a piece of metal flying into this banana sculpture, causing it to collapse on top of two other pieces.
The Sao Paulo Museum of Art has been around since 1961 and is one of Brazil’s greatest museums. This tragic accident could have damaged some fantastic works of art.””
Artwork is often stored in warehouses, either because of poor planning or as a means of raising funds. The collapse at a São Paulo street-art warehouse claimed the lives of at least two people, and the loss of many more works by artists who are not widely recognized by the public.
The collapse was reportedly caused by overloading the structure with water tanks. The artwork was being used to raise funds for the construction of a new building for the artist collective responsible for much of the street art in São Paulo, who were forced to move due to rising rents in their previous location.
Artists and other cultural figures are calling for a full investigation into what happened and why it was allowed to happen. The mayor of São Paulo has promised such an investigation.