Abandoned 1934 chocolate factory bursts with artistic new life in Rio de Janeiro

In the waterfront neighborhood of Santo Cristo, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, an artistic revolution has been growing in an unexpected corner.

Built in 1934, Fabrica Bhering was once a chocolate factory.

Today, the 20,000-square-meter (215,280 square feet) building is home to local artisans, sculptors and painters.

There’s a great variety, ranging from the furniture maker to the copy machine operator, to clothing designers from Cape Verde,” says resident sculptor Barrão.

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