Giant otter sculpture and Smuggling Tunnel are new pretexts to visit Alcoutim

Works of art were inaugurated yesterday



A sculpture of an otter, made of garbage reused by artist Bordalo II, and the Memórias do Contrabando Tunnel, a structure made of cane during a workshop promoted by Cooperativa QRER, in partnership with its Catalan counterpart “Voltes”, were inaugurated yesterday, Sunday, in Alcoutim, at what was the highlight of the Festival of Contraband, which this year had a special format due to the pandemic.

The colorful piece “Lontra – Big Trash Animals” will become the dominant image of the south wharf of the village of Alcoutim, always ready to “dive” in the river. The Smuggling Tunnel can be crossed at the Castle.

The inauguration of the two works of art, which, as illustrated by Osvaldo Gonçalves, president of the Chamber of Alcoutim, "increases the wide range of pretexts for visiting Alcoutim (when conditions permit)", was attended by Ana Abrunhosa, Minister of Territorial Cohesion.

Also present at the ceremony were Jose Maria Perez Dias, mayor of the Ayuntamiento Sanlúcar de Guadiana, João Fernandes, president of the Algarve Tourism Region, José Apolinário, president of CCDR Algarve and Anabela Afonso, commissioner of the 365 Algarve Program.

In addition to the inauguration of the two pieces, Ana Abrunhosa also held with Osvaldo Gonçalves and José Apolinário «a work meeting with a short, but demanding and productive agenda».


Photos: Alcoutim Chamber