Urbanization is one of the biggest issues of the 21st century. With education and employment opportunities being concentrated in cities, rural areas have become forgotten, forsaken and ‘unseen’.
Tudo Azul / All Blue is a work that uses sculpture as a medium to explore the impact of urbanization on those left behind, while honouring the spirit behind the age-old Portuguese ritual of bullfighting. A blue and white bull origami sculpture was created using construction paper & tape, and placed as an ephemeral installation in the streets of Messejana, rural Portugal. The sculpture’s colours mirror the colours of the traditional houses in Alentejo, while evoking saudade: a sadness, melancholic longing and profound void that exist, upon the departure of the ones who will be missed.
This work is one within a series, ‘Mooving Margarita’, an international art & civic engagement project that aims make rural landscapes seen, their beauty appreciated & their existence remarkable again. Created with the support of Buinho Creative Hub.