Faro and VRSA are two examples of how trash can be turned into art

The aim is to raise awareness among the population


Faro and Vila Real de Santo António are two of the seven cities that inaugurated, on the 8th of June, World Oceans Day, the marine roundabouts, as part of the 3rd edition of the LIXARTE project, which transforms waste into art. 

The installations with marine motifs, placed in roundabouts, Faro, Albufeira, Quarteira, Olhão, Lagoa, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António, were made from rubbish, much of it collected on the beaches, by students from schools across the Algarve.

Two of the participating roundabouts were Teatro das Figuras, in Faro, and the Atuns roundabout, in Vila Real de Santo António, decorated strictly speaking with the aim of alerting the population to the consequences of leaving rubbish on the beach and throwing waste on the ground.

«The school's interest in this activity is also to raise awareness among students, so that they can then reproduce and replicate all nature conservation situations at home and, in this case, the marine environment, which is the most important», said Eurico Bárbara, director Tomás Cabreira Secondary School, Faro.

«Awareness is the most important part for us, in terms of school, and then publicizing what we have done to the population. It is to raise awareness among our students so that they know and can use what they learn today to revolutionize tomorrow and have a better future», added the director.

After the entire assembly process and with the roundabouts already completed, Carla Coles, a teacher at Tomás Cabreira, feels the mission accomplished and is hopeful that the initiative will return next year, even if there are many frustrations in the middle of the process.

«Every time a year of SANDING ends, and I speak for myself, I always say “oh no, I won't get involved in this next year”, but I reinvigorate my strength in the summer and then end up not being able to say no», confessed the teacher.

The City Council of Faro He also showed willingness to continue supporting the project, trying to find the best way to work with schools.

«I work on various topics in the area of ​​mobility and the environment and I see that, with each passing year, people are increasingly willing to participate. European Mobility Week, which we have been doing every year for seven years now, is an example of this", explained Sophie Matias, councilor for the environment at the Chamber of Faro, stressing that art is a good way to reach people.

«It is this open channel that we also need to have with local authorities and it is very important so that there is visibility outside the schools, to the community, of the work that is produced», concluded the councilor.


The LIXARTE project – transforming waste into art aims to assert itself as an ARTivism and citizen science project and raise awareness, through artistic expression, of the urgency of protecting the Oceans. This year's edition Lixarte_Rotundas has the artistic coordination of Joana Bandeira Rocha, from Olhão.

Lixarte_Rotundas partners with students from schools in seven Algarve municipalities: Secundária Albufeira and EB 2,3 da Guia (Albufeira); Secondary Tomás Cabreira, EB 2,3 Joaquim Magalhães, EB 2,3 Afonso III, Secondary Pinheiro e Rosa and EB 2,3 Neves Júnior (Faro); Secondary Laura Ayres and EB 2,3 D. Dinis (Quarteira); Secondary Francisco Fernandes Lopes, EB 2,3 Alberto Iria, EB1 Alberto Iria and EB 2,3 João da Rosa (Olhão); EB 2,3 Rio Arade, Parchal (Lagoa); EBS Bemposta (Portimão); EB2,3 D. José I and EB 2,3 Monte Gordo (Vila Real de Santo António).

It also has the support of Europe Direct Algarve, Sciaena, GEA Project, SOS Planeta Project, APA-ARH Algarve – Environmental Volunteering for Water, CCVAlgarve, Greve Climática Algarve, University of Algarve, University of Lisbon – F Belas Artes (mentoring) , Confi-Arte Project – UNLisboa, ASMAL, CM São Brás de Alportel – Quinta do Peral, Docapesca,CCDR Algarve, Inframoura and Volunteers: students at the University of Algarve, photographers, curators and young activists.


Photos and text from: Cátia Rodrigues, who is a finalist for the Master's in Communication and Digital Media at the University of Algarve and is doing her internship at Sul Informação.


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