In the small town of Paderne, Portugal, a whimsical valance made of crocheted leaves, dangling tendrils and petals colored with subtle gradients surrounds the stone archways of a battered medieval bridge. The dreamy installation entitled “Algarvensis” was made by a Portuguese artist Vanessa Barragãowho is known for them large format textured tapestries recreate landscapes and gardens with tufted fibers. The curved entanglement recreates oversized local orchids using wool from nearby sheep and recycled yarn, resin, and other materials to celebrate the local environment in which the artist spent much of her childhood.
“Algarvensis”, which the Albufeira Municipality commissioned to help the Geoparque Algarvensis to UNESCO World Geoparque status until September 12th and you can see the process and installation behind the piece on Barragãos Instagram.
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