Azul Mónica stone in installation by architects Souto Moura and Siza Vieira

Arquiteto Souto Moura na SOLANCIS

SOLANCIS donated the stone for a sculpture which will feature in a showcase of Iberian creativity in Washington, USA

Azul Mónica was the stone chosen by the architects Eduardo Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira to create the piece “The Stone Raft (Jangada de Pedra)” which will feature in a showcase of contemporary Iberian creativity in Washington throughout March.

In this context, Eduardo Souto Moura, accompanied by SOLANCIS director, Samuel Delgado, Art Institute Chairperson, Ana Miranda and architect Diogo Machado, visited the quarry from which the Azul Mónica was extracted (see photo).

“The Stone Raft”, inspired by José Saramago’s book of the same name, will be on exhibition in front of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, America’s national cultural centre, from the 3rd to the 24th of March.

The piece, and the invitation extended to Eduardo Souto Moura, who later invited Álvaro Siza Vieira to collaborate, was an initiative of the Arte Institute which coordinates the promotion of Portuguese culture in New York.

Other works will also be on show, amongst which a life size tram made out of cork created by artist and designer, Nuno Vasa, which conveys the “Message” by Fernando Pessoa.

The cultural exhibition, entitled "Iberian Suite: Arts Remix Across Continents" will also feature personal appearances by musical artists Camané, Carminho, António Zambujo, Rodrigo Leão, author Gonçalo M. Tavares, fashion designers Storytailors, amongst other renowned names from the Portuguese speaking world as well as those from Spain and Latin America.