Carpet of the Rock

Textile works fall into a tradition of illuminating socio-political issues. In the shadow of Viseu’s Stadium, this piece marks out a place where conflict becomes constructive.

Shedding light on the almost comical clashes between peafowls and pigeons in Fontelo, the locally grown wooden carpet is composed of two overlapping patches that mark out territories through pattern, colour and texture. A binding central rock acts as its neutral common ground. The carpet invites birds to occupy it, or provides a place for people to linger and observe. Adapting to the form of the landscape and its features, it floats above the ground, maintaining and revealing existing ecosystems through openings in its structure. The piece emphasises the importance of heterogeneity within environments by creating unity through inclusive and pluralistic approaches.

Type: Sculpture
Funded by POLDRA - Public Sculpture Project Viseu
Artistic Assistant: Felix Mohr
Photo Credits: POLDRA
Photographer: Luís Belo
Location: Viseu (PT)
Year: 2020
Status: Completed