Today's Inspiration- Umbrellas in Portugal

by - Monday, August 18, 2014

Since we are going home to a town that is fueled by great community events and culture, I thought my inspirations this week would focus on public art in small towns. I think people who have only ever lived in big cities often (wrongly) believe that the only art-making worth seeing happens in large cities (New York and LA if they are particularly uppity), but anyone who has a smaller hometown knows this is crazy talk. Art in these kinds of spaces (like the alley murals in Franklin) can play off of collective visions and the kind of collaboration that doesn't happen in the same way in cities. Economists have also noted that investment in the arts fuel development in these places. I love seeing art pieces, monuments, temporary exhibits in smaller places, and they deserve more attention. Does anyone have any great examples of this? Please send it my way if you do!

from flickr.com
Alright, if you are on pinterest, you have probably seen this before, but you may not know the story behind it. These umbrellas go up in the streets of Agueda Portugal every July (for only 3 years.. that's how quickly it has caught on) for their arts festival- Agitagueda. To try to attract more people to their hot streets for the festival, this installation was planned to create more shade and cover the city in color. The plot has made Agueda and its once "unimportant" art scene into a bucketlis destination for pinners and art lovers alike.

from travelcommodation.com
from dailymail.co.uk

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