Pedro Cabrita Reis’ “The Three Graces”, now on display in Paris, is made of cork

Photo: Galeria Miguel Nabinho

Sources: aicep Portugal Global

Cork from Corticeira Amorim was chosen by the artist, Pedro Cabrita Reis, to create his most recent international project: “The Three Graces”, a tribute to the remarkable work of classical antiquity, now on display in the Tuileries Garden, in Paris.

Integrated within the 2022 France-Portugal Season, the multifaceted Portuguese artist was invited by Laurence des Cars, President of the Louvre Museum. His original work consists of three monumental autonomous elements, entirely made of cork, using a new reference specially designed for this purpose by Amorim Cork Composites – Corticeira Amorim’s Composite Cork Business Unit. Each sculpture, which was painted in a delicate shade of ivory white at the end of the creative process, weighs approximately 500 kilos, is about 4.50 meters high and is supported on an iron base, weighing 400 kilos. The total implantation has a 9-metre diameter.

In Greek mythology, the Three Graces – Euphrosyne (joy), Aglaia (elegance and splendour) and Thalia (youth and abundance) – are the goddesses of beauty. They are usually represented naked, standing, and gracefully embraced, “The Three Graces” are often chosen as symbols of seduction, concord, gratitude, creativity and fecundity. They have been recurringly portrayed in the history of art in the most diverse disciplines. Depiction of Euphrosyne, Aglaia and Thalia declined from the 19th century onwards, and is today often reduced to mere feminist representations. The 2022 France-Portugal Season, running between February and October 2022, aims to deepen the relationship between the two countries, based on a set of programmes, projects and activities spanning various fields.

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