Jardim do Nêgo (Nêgo's Garden) – Nova Friburgo, Brazil - Atlas Obscura

Jardim do Nêgo (Nêgo's Garden)

Nova Friburgo, Brazil

Moss-covered sculptures fill this small Brazilian gorge. 


Gigantic clay sculptures covered in moss make Jardim do Nêgo in Campo do Coelho, a district of Nova Friburgo, a special place to visit. The unusual garden was created by artist Geraldo Simplício—a.k.a “Nêgo”—who lived as a hermit in the place for over 30 years.

Nêgo uses the landscape’s natural formations as the inspiration and foundation for his work. He covers the clay with moss, giving each sculpture an otherworldy yet earthy vibe.

The garden is a small, peaceful spot packed with larger-than-life works of art. There are currently 17 sculptures scattered throughout the place. Nêgo himself is typically present to greet visitors and chat about his work.

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