Copacabana Beach was Roberto Burle Marx most significant design for Rio de Janeiro in 1971. It was a modern abstract interpretation of a traditional Portuguese paving pattern using waves of black and white stone sets. The Copacabana neighborhood has 350,000 people living in a narrow strip between mountains and sea. Their energy spills onto the beach and is caught by the dynamism of Marx' design. Regrettably, some of the design was removed when the Avenida Atlantica was widened.