Salvador - BA

The history of the city of Salvador, founded in 1549, blends with the history of Brazil. Salvador was one of the first permanent settlements in the country with the idea of settling the then colony of Portugal. It was the political and economic centre of Brazil until 1673, when the capital was moved to Rio de Janeiro. Today, Salvador has a population of 2,892,625 (IBGE, 2007) and its economy is based on commercial and service activities (IBGE, 2006). Salvador is a national and international destination for tourists attracted by its architectural complex, natural beauty and local culture, with emphasis on music, cuisine and religion as expressions marking the local daily life. One of the various important artists from Bahia is Master Didi because of his wonderful sculptures inspired on candomblé (Afro-Brazilian religion). He is dedicated to the sacred Afro-Brazilian art and uses as the theme of his works the ritual objects of candomblé. For his sculptures, the artist uses natural materials, such as, for example, sisal, straw, whelk shells, beads, leather and palm leaves.  The sculptures are predominantly vertical, but preserving a harmony between the straight and curved lines.