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Latin America’s biggest mirror installation is Rio’s new tourist attraction

Rio de Janeiro, Jun 13 (EFE).- An installation of 768 mirrors in Rio de Janeiro, the largest of its kind in Latin America, provides visitors with a trip through a universe of sensations that plays with images of rivers and oceans.

The so-called “Sea of Mirrors,” including 1,300 square meters (just under 14,000 square feet) of mirrors and crystals covering 650 sq. meters of floor space, offers visitors to Brazil’s iconic tourism capital an ideal setting where they can pose for selfies to post on the social networks, the exhibit’s organizers say.

The interactive installation is scheduled to open its doors to the public on Thursday in one of the annexes at AquaRio, South America’s largest aquarium housing nearly 2,000 examples of 350 marine species, but on Tuesday reporters and special guests were allowed early access.

“The (facility) presents a concept inspired by the natural beauty of rivers and oceans and allows the public to reflect (on that) via images. In addition, the completely different scenarios and ‘Instagrammable’ settings guarantee an unprecedented experience,” said the managers in a press release.

Besides having the experience of seeing their true or distorted reflections in assorted arrangements of mirrors and crystals, or of playing visual games with infinite receding reflections, viewers can enjoy the carefully prepared displays of images and a sound environment created especially for the show.

“In all, there are nine environments, each one providing a unique interaction and a different connection. This new attraction’s a true gift for … Rio de Janeiro,” said Taina Rocha, the manager for new business for Grupo Cataratas, the tourism conglomerate that owns the aquarium.

The assorted environments visitors can experience provide images of glaciers, the sunset over the sea, cloudy peaks and even the reflection of buildings.

Rio’s new attraction was put together by the Glass Institute and the Cite Arquitectura design firm.

EFE –/bp

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