The Art Route for Dams, launched in 2006, has reinforced the Group's DNA as a promoter of art and demonstrated that it is possible to give a new face to already emblematic structures, not only for their sheer scale, but also for their historical and strategic importance. It includes works by important names from the world of art and architecture in a project that brings together the production of electric energy and art.
António Mexia explains that with this type of intervention, EDP intends to create a contemporary cultural movement, endowing the regions with a set of interventions by renowned artists that "contributes to local development and reinforces what has been the role of EDP as the biggest business patron of culture in Portugal."
The book is born out of the importance of saving the history of these works, contextualizing them through the explanations given by visual artists and architects themselves. "About the Landscape: Art at Portuguese Dams," presented at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology - Central Tejo, was developed with the curatorship of Nuno Crespo, the graphic and design production of Pedro Falcão, photography by André Cepeda, texts by Isabel Lucas and collaborations from Aurora Carapinha, Francesco Careri, Nuno Crespo and Luísa Salvador.
The book describes interventions by Alexandre Farto (Aka Vhils) on the Caniçada dam, Rui Chafes and Eduardo Souto Moura in Foz Tua, José Pedro Croft and Álvaro Siza Vieira in Baixo Sabor, Pedro Calapez in Picote, Pedro Cabrita Reis in Bemposta, Graça Morais in Frades, João Louro in Alqueva and José Rodrigues in Alto Lindoso.
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