Galo de Barcelos:

The Portuguese Rooster Project

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The Rooster of Barcelos Project will be located in Little Portugal At Dundas West & Lakeview Ave (1212 Dundas St. W, at the Lakeview Ave Parkette). For ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art 2021-2022, a rooster statue has been gifted by the Municipality of Barcelos, Portugal to the City of Toronto to be designed, painted and displayed in Little Portugal, Toronto. This concrete statue (2.8 m. X 1.9 m.) is a blank canvas to be re-imagined by an Artist according to one or both of the guiding themes outlined below.
 

The Barcelos Rooster, commonly called the Portuguese Rooster, is said to be the embodiment of the Portuguese love of life. It is an unofficial symbol of Portugal found throughout Portugal in town squares, art work and souvenir trinkets. The Rooster stands for pride, hope, a new day, fertility, resurrection and as well as other cultural meanings.

In this artists’ call, the meaning and symbology of the rooster will be explored in two main ideas or guiding themes:

1. The universal meaning of the rooster as a symbol of the sun.
2. The historical legend of the “Galo de Barcelos” or the Barcelos Rooster.

Submissions can respond to one or both themes.

Project Timeline

3.12.21

Top 5 Finalists

5.10.21

Public Q&A with Artists

6.10.21

Winner Announced

9.15.21

Installation

Learn About the Top 5 Artist Designs

Quentin
Commanda

Artist Statement

Clandestinos
Crew

Artist Statement

Christiano
De Araújo

Artist Statement

Viktor
Mitic

Artist Statement

Julia
Prajza

Artist Statement

How will submissions be assessed?

Review committee members have been selected on the basis of their
familiarity with a broad spectrum of public art practices, specialized
expertise, fair-mindedness, and regional representation. The committee
will assess submissions based on: clarity of project concept; alignment
with theme and merit of applicant’s arts practice.

Key Program Dates:

Submission Deadline: February 15, 2021
Stage 1. Short-listed Artist Selected: March 12, 2021
Stage 2. Final Design Announced: June 10, 2021
Public Artwork Production/ Installation Period: June 2021 – September 2021

Rooster Project : Public Q&A with Artists
When: May 10, 2021 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada).
Registration link: https://toronto.webex.com/toronto/onstage/g.php?MTID=ee92de7b2a1d802b37293a8ffc4a6af89

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