Flyover pillar painted by Prophet Gentileza and pedestrians passing by in front of it.
Prophet Gentileza became a public person, some sort of urban personality after painting kindness/religious messages on flyovers at the arrival point of Rio-Niterói bridge in Rio.
Gentileza means kindness or gentilness in Portuguese.
Prophet Gentileza’s real name was José Datrino. He used to paint the inscriptions dressed on a white robe. His inscriptions sometimes repeat themselves (he painted so many pillars) and his most famous message is “gentileza gera gentileza”, which means “kindness begets kindness”. Nowadays it can be seen on t-shirts, advertisements… And became a symbol of Rio de Janeiro itself.
Gentileza died in 1996 and, after his death, some of his inscriptions were once covered by paint and vandalized. They were restored around year 2000 and stand to date (2016).
Photo taken on 21/May/2016.