Thanks to WOOL: The Urban Art Festival of Covilhã, the central Portugal city has become a showcase for intriguing works by national and international street artists. Just recently, 20-26 October, a special edition of WOOL saw two internationally known Portuguese artists transform the façades of two traditional buildings into large format works of art.  We examine and celebrate the talents of Pantónio and Samina.

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It’s hard to miss Pantónio’s work, on Rua Comendador Campos Melo, 40 (also known in the city as Rua Direita). For his subject, Pantónio is inspired by the migration of the swallows that arrive in Colvilhã in the springtime, and leave again in the Autumn.  Now, residents will be reminded of the splendor of this natural phenomenon every day.

Wool 2015 Pantonio

Wool 2015 Pantonio

Wool 2015 Pantonio

Samina’s piece, located in Rua das Portas do Sol, 87, behind the city hall, pays homage to an actual resident of Covilhã, known as “Sr. Viseu”. Sr. Viseu is a popular man for his long time devotion to the city.  He was a former wool factory worker and Sporting Covilhã soccer player and athletics coach.

Wool 2015 Samina

Wool 2015 Samina

Wool 2015 Samina

For more information, visit the WOOL website or send an email to: info@woolfest.org.

Images courtesy of Pedro Seixo Rodrigues and WoolFest

Location of Pantónio’s work

Location of Samina’s work

 

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