WOOL @ Google Art Project

and it’s with great pride that we announce that from this moment the WOOL is partner of the Google Art Project and all platforms that are being launch today !!

With us we take also 147 projects, 8 national and international cities, 40 portuguese artists and 16 international artists !!

You can check it all here: https://www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/wool-festival?hl=pt&projectId=art-project

Our thanks to all who believe in this project, which today stands out as the big platform for the promotion and enhancement of the Portuguese Urban Art! <3

WOOL @ GOOGLE art project

Tour Paris 13 | the book

We know this is not from this new year, not even 2014, but finally we received our copy of the book TOUR PARIS 13, reporting all rooms transformed by the 105 artists and all the good moments we passed out there!

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WOOL @ TOUR PARIS 13 (the project)

Some months ago we (specifically Lara Seixo Rodrigues) received an invitation to lead some portuguese art to a special and secret project!

After 6 months from our 1st visit to Paris, we can finally reveal all about TOUR PARIS 13, a project of the Mairie du 13e, coordinated by Mehdi Ben Cheikh, Director of GALERIE ITINERRANCE, which promotes numerous artists since years Urban Art and, for months, managed to keep secret, all-volunteer all participants.

A total of 4.500m2, divided by 10 floors (36 flats) that compound this tower, located in one of the most dynamic neighborhoods of the city of Paris (has as neighbors the National Library of France and Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design) they simply awaited their destruction, as part of a modernization project of the city council, became a colossal temporary museum of Street Art, open to all for free and without commercial approach, as a tribute to this type of art that is gaining ground in the cities.

The selection of artists, who were given complete freedom of action in walls, ceilings and floors, in complete harmony with the essence of the movement of Urban Art, fell mostly on emerging countries in the international Street Art, particularly Latin America and the Middle East and European level, about Italy and Portugal.

The invitation to Lara Seixo Rodrigues, in January 2013, for the creation of a Portuguese Urban Art entourage, resulted in challenging a group of artists, which “aims to contain multiple generations and souls of Street Art and retract from the graffiti to stencil, going through all the gestures, languages, and / or techniques commonly referred to post-graffiti with more contemporary influences figurative illustration. Accepted the challenge by all, were four the number of ‘pilgrimages’ to the number 5 Rue Fulton (between April and August), where gradually the interventions (in alphabetical order) ADD FUEL, CORLEONE, EIME, KRUELLA D’ENFER, MAISMENOS, MAR, MÁRIO BELÉM, PANTÓNIO, PAULO ARRAIANO, SAMINA and VHILS have been occupying fully and strategically, stylistic criteria to guarantee the legitimacy of their individuality, the 2nd floor of the TOUR PARIS 13.

The “floor of the Portuguese” as affectionately surnamed and “hinge point to reach the success of this project”, as the mentor Mehdi Ben Cheikh, share the tower with other interventions of major international artists as: C215, Inti Castro, Alexöne, Orticanoodles, David Walker, Baglione, Stinkfish, Sean Hart or Speto, among many others.

The TOUR PARIS 13 is also an unprecedented transmedia project, visual and audible, engaging and collaborative, which gives power to the Internet through the website dedicated to the project – www.tourparis13.fr – on this adventure ephemeral Street Art, which disappear totally under the rubble of demolition.

The TOUR PARIS 13, more than a final object, is a process and a rare creative experience, that will be the subject of a documentary by Thomas Lallier for France Ô in co-production with La Blogothèque. In it they will portray the arrival, the appropriation of spaces, ideas and questions, and especially the determination of artists in building all this ephemeral universe. The filming which commenced in March 2013 will end with the capture of the demolition of the tower, being released only in 2014.

DP Tour Paris 13all infos: www.tourparis13.fr

photos by: Pedro Seixo Rodrigues + Lara Seixo Rodrigues

curator of the portuguese group _ Lara Seixo Rodrigues
production by Lara Seixo Rodrigues _ 2013 . january | october
works _ 2013 . april | august
opening _ 2013 . october . 01

Removing the scaffolding I VHILS

Como a chuva não nos tem deixado tirar as fotos finais da peça, fica aqui o timelapse que capta a desmontagem dos andaimes, um momento que começa a ser tradição aqui pelo WOOL.

As the rain has not left us take the final pictures of the piece, here is a timelapse that captures the dismantling of the scaffolding, a moment that begins to be a tradition here at WOOL.

Working days I VHILS

VHILS arrived at Covilhã at saturday late afternoon and started to work in the piece that same night.

On sunday, he and his two assistents were working all day long. It was very cold and we had some rain too, but nothing stopped them. That night we had the “talk with the artist” in the auditorium of the Conservatório da Música da Covilhã (thanks guys!) that was full, even with the bad weather.

Monday morning was for the finishings and when the piece was perfect VHILS had to run to Lisbon where he had to catch a flight.

We want to thank him for coming to Covilhã even with his extra full agenda!

more pictures here

LOCAL for VHILS

Esta é a parede que escolhemos para o VHILS, numa das ruas mais movimentadas do centro, pois dá acesso ao pelourinho. O artista estará a trabalhar na parede entre sábado 22 e segunda 24. Esperamos pelas vossas visitas!

This is the wall we chose for Vhils. Is located in one of the streets that gives access to the Town Hall. The artist will be working in the wall between Saturday 22 and Monday 24. We expect for your visit!