Underwater exhibition of Vhils off Albufeira is “inaugurated” on September 19

Exhibition is underwater and will create artificial reefs to be populated by marine life

The thirteen works of the artist Vhils, made with parts from deactivated EDP thermal plants, are already sunk off the beach of Santa Eulália (Albufeira) to create an unprecedented underwater exhibition. The initiative, called EDP Art Reef, will be officially presented to the public on the 19th of September.

The session will feature Alexandre Farto aka Vhils, as well as José Carlos Rolo, mayor of Albufeira, and Catarina Barradas, global brand director at EDP and will take place at Grande Real Santa Eulália, a hotel that is on land, but more or less in front of the place where the Portuguese artist's works are submerged.

Some of the pieces that were later sunk off the coast of Albufeira were on public display, out of water, in Lisbon, next to the EDP headquarters, in March and April.

In the interview he gave to DOIS magazine, Vihls explained that this project «was an old dream», whose idea was «to do something that has a positive impact on the ecosystem». «These are reefs that are going to be natural reefs and that, eventually, are made, in the first instance, to add life and create spaces in them to revive this area in terms of biodiversity».

The artist adds that it is «a series of works in which, each one of them, has a message, a concern and a reflection on our relationship with the sea, sustainability and the environment», added the artist, in the interview that you can read it in full in DOIS, the magazine whose cover was designed by Vhils and which can be ordered here.


One of the pieces, before being sunk



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