Unveiled WYDRio2013 logo a work of faith and prayer


WYD Rio 2013 logo.
Gustavo Huguenin's winning logo design.

Twenty-five-year-old artist Gustavo Huguenin says it is a dream to have won the World Youth Day Rio de Janeiro 2013 (WYDRio2013) logo competition.

“It brings me great happiness to know that my work will be used in the greatest Catholic event in the world, with our Holy Father, and that this image will be associated with the personal encounter the youth of the whole world will have with Jesus Christ during the WYDRio2013,” Gustavo said when the winning logo was unveiled to the world last week.

“I composed this drawing the same way I do my other work, using the image for the Church. In the Church we must put spirituality in the images we present.

“When the world shows something it has to be beautiful, but in our way, it has to show content, it has to carry the meaning of our faith.”

Gustavo said in preparing to draw the logo, he read the whole chapter of the Gospel of Matthew which has inspired the motto of the WYDRio2013: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” (Mt 28,19).

Gustavo meditated on the words, seeking inspiration for his image.

“In this passage we see that Jesus met His disciples on a mountain. So, from the beginning, the image of Christ the Redeemer wouldn’t leave me – Jesus, who is on a mountain. Besides being the universal symbol of Rio de Janeiro, it has everything to do with the theme,” Gustavo explained.

“In the process of creation, I first put the concept which must be transmitted. It should have the figure of Jesus, the figure of the disciple and maybe some reference to nations. These three words would be essential if they could be transmitted graphically.

“Christ the Redeemer represents Christ, the disciple is represented by the heart, for the disciple is one who carries Jesus in his heart, and the nations are represented by the forms that recall Rio de Janeiro - the city which at that moment will be the heart of the world for the youth and which will welcome them - in reference to the mountain and the sea.”

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