Details: The year 2013 was one of the busiest and most productive years of WOOL with the expansion to new geographies, seeking to answer the growing and challenging requests made by companies, cultural associations, municipal or private entities.
One of the projects we must stress was our passage through Coimbra. It derived not only from the invitation of the city council, specifically from the Social Welfare and Family Office that had been in Covilhã to physically meet WOOL, but also from to the underlying goal of bringing their local community closer to their own city. And mainly because they intended us to work directly with a small community of homeless people on the requalification of an area of Coimbra highly degraded and (visually) neglected.
With the concept of the artist Add Fuel, the result was a large mural as a reflection of the continuity of his work in the reinterpretation or recreation of the Portuguese tiles, which intended to revive the message of the city charm, a pun made with a local fado song which describes Coimbra as having much charm in the farewell hour51.
Biography: Diogo Machado excels in creating imaginary worlds, where he combines fictional characters, decorative elements, a distinctive trait, an omnipresent humor and a remarkable sense of symmetry. In the series of tiles that he stencils and/or lays on the walls, he creates the idea of a trompe l'oeil, leading us to believe that these are scenes inspired in a medieval universe; such is the rigor with which he draws. However, when we're closer and see the tiles carefully, we discover a completely contemporary composition of figures and creatures. It's a pop world, strange, were irony is always present.