Vale Carapito, located north of Vilar Maior, only 2 km away from the east margin of the Côa river and 40 minutes away from Sabugal, will showcase the artistic residence of the Brazilian contemporary artist Marcelo Moscheta. All the artistic interventions in the landscape will be made of natural elements that will naturally decay. The Côa - Corredor das Artes Festival is an inspiring event of a truly sustainable art festival integrated in the surrounding nature!
Marcelo was born in Brazil, but he currently lives in Coimbra. He is taking is PhD in Contemporary Art. He has been an artist for 22 years. His processes consist in collecting elements and imagens on the field by reproducing them through drawings and photos, in order to create objects and artistic installations.
This photo tour to the re-wilding area of Vale Carapito will be held on July 2nd at 10 a.m. and tickets can be bought here. Vale Carapito, in the Greater Côa Valley, displays a diverse mosaic of natural habitats, irrigated by the Cesarão river and the Alfaiates stream.
This area situated on the plateau of the Iberian Meseta, an inland territory, has "suffered" from the abandonment of farming, domestic grazing practices and rural exodus for several decades.
In this renaturalised landscape, the marks of an agricultural past that ended during the rural exodus of the 20th century can still be seen. Dry stone walls and ruins of water mills are now crossed by the roots of large alders, ash trees and various species of oak trees.
The Carapito Valley is formed by a semi-natural landscape, made up of meadows and ash trees in the lowlands, while the slopes are occupied by young oaks. The river Cesarão crosses and feeds this landscape that is becoming increasingly wild, crossed by roe deer and wild boar and, recently, also by some semi-wild horses of the Sorraia breed.