Barracuda Advanced Composites is supplying large composite panels that will provide the ground for restoration of an historic mosiac at the entrance to the Maracana football stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The stadium is undergoing renovations necessary to meet the requirements as the host stadium for the final game of the 2014 World Cup.
The panels were commissioned to aid in the rebuilding of the stadium's original mosaic, which was designed by the artist Paulo Werneck (1907-1987) and built in the early 1950s for the opening of the World Cup in Brazil. The porcelain mosaic decorated the outer wall of the stadium atrium and is next to the photo galleries of soccer idols, and it rises above the Walk of Fame, where imprints immortalize the famous feet of those who have played for glory in the stadium since its construction. The Mosaic reproduces scenes of players in action and has become one of the main attractions at the stadium.
According to Barracuda, the mosaic is being glued on large composite panels manufactured using the resin infusion method, with fiberglass facings and PVC foam core, glued to the mosaic with epoxy adhesive. This material is expected to have characteristics that will ensure an effective result and preserve the authenticity of the mosaic wall and increase its durability.
For more information, visit the Barracuda Web site: http://www.barracudacomposites.com.br.