Joana Vasconcelos Strikes Again: Discover Her Newest Project In Scotland ♦Joana Vasconcelos strikes again, this time in Scotland. The famous Portuguese artist has created a swimming pool with almost 12thousand tiles. And guess what: The swim sessions at the pool are sold out! The nine-meter structure will be open to the public from the 29th of July to 9 August at the Edinburgh Art Festival, which runs until the end of the September, and was commissioned by the Jupiter Artland Foundation. Secrets From Portugal loves this new project that values Portuguese traditional work with the tiles painted by the ‘Viúva de Lamego’ famous factory. Congratulations Joana!
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Titled “Gateway”, this is a permanent art installation of the Scottish foundation’s sculpture park and is lined with 11,400 hand-painted and hand-painted tiles at the Viúva Lamego factory in Portugal. The work is described as “intimate but expansive” and a “reference to the idea of swimming pools as places that promote the community; an experiential space that is inherently social, playful and shared ”.
In a statement, the artist reveals that the pool was purposely aligned with a ley line and that “Gateway” represents the astrological chart of Joana Vasconcelos designed by the artist. “Gateway is not just a pool of work; It is a composition of different elements, carefully articulated: the pool and pavilion, surrounded by the black brick floor; the vegetation; the source; and the wrought iron gates punctuating the entrance (Moongate and Sungate).
Swim sessions at a round pool created by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos for a cultural foundation in Scotland are already sold out before it opens on Saturday. The artwork was announced in 2018 as part of a solo exhibition by Joana Vasconcelos at Bonnington House, a 17th-century mansion on the outskirts of Edinburgh, but construction was delayed due to weather conditions.
Jupiter Artland has a collection of sculptures by contemporary artists, most created specifically for the 40-acre property acquired in 1999 by collectors Robert and Nicky Wilson and includes works by, among others, Anish Kapoor, Antony Gormley, Cornelia Parker or Anya. Gallaccio.