Todji recently participated in the Nova Terra Festival in Brazil. His 7-foot tall sculpture “MINOTAURA”, and the festival were featured on Brazilian Globo Morning News.
The festival’s mission is to grow community, and exchange learning between indigenous Americans and the public. The intent of the festival is to expand ecological consciousness, inspired by the teachings of nature centered spiritual traditions.
Indigenous Americans from North, Central and South America were featured guests, speakers, and demonstrators of their cultural heritages. Traditional music, dance, art, habitat, and lifestyle, were blended with contemporary topics providing a rich mixture of the joys of life.
Musicians, artists, healers, diverse spiritual practitioners and the public participated including Brazilian pop superstar, Jorge Ben Jor, as the headlining act. “I have immensely enjoyed the music of Jorge Ben Jor for years. It was an honor to exhibit my sculpture in the same venue” says Todji.
Sculpture was used at the festival to represent the four elements. Todji’s sculpture represented the Earth element. Appropriately, the sculpture was built from a fallen tree, earth clay, copper, and with seeds to grow a new vision.
|Brazilian hardwoods found on the ground were used to form the legs and foot pads. Todji built the legs with the help of his festival neighbor Eugenio; also a professional sculptor. The leg pieces were joined using ancient mortise and tenon techniques and pinned with carved dowels. Curvaceous body, feet, and other elements were formed using earth clay with fiber and seeds.