The Rio450 Committee, responsible for the celebration of the 450th anniversary of the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro, invited the Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos to do a work to for the celebrations and, last week, the piece was presented and it´s called Pop Rooster (Pop Galo).
The Pop Rooster is a Barcelos rooster (galo de Barcelos, typical portuguese piece) with 7 feet tall, made tiled and LEDs that will be on during the night. The art project is to be put outdoors, in Leme beach in Copacabana, opening on 10 June 2015 and will be in exhibition at least until the end of the year.
When presenting the project, Joana Vasconcelos explained that: “It is a Barcelos Rooster seven feet high, covered with tiles and thousands of large-scale colored LEDs. The LEDs will be on at night making this traditional rooster during the day, more Portuguese, into a rooster that does the Samba, more Brazilian style. I think this piece can make a bridge between tradition and the future, between the Portuguese and Brazilian and speaks in some way of our history and our culture. “
This is another iconic piece of the Portuguese artist who was the first woman and the youngest contemporary artist to exhibit in Versailles, exhibition that had the largest number of visitors in the last fifty years.