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Trafaria Praia by Joana Vasconcelos for the Venice Biennale


Corticeira Amorim's cork products were widely used in the transformation of the Trafaria Praia, a cacilheiro, or Lisbon ferryboat, a project by Joana Vasconcelos, which marks Portugal's participation in the 55th Venice Biennale. Cork is a genuine Portuguese natural product that was used in the transformation of the ferryboat. Cork's strong decorative flair and the many advantages it offers in terms of technical performance and aesthetic versatility were added to that artwork.

The Portuguese soul is incorporated into the cacilheiro, which addresses the commonalities between the two countries and the two cities, Lisbon and Venice, both strongly marked by the presence of the sea in their history. The involvement of Corticeira Amorim has arisen from a desire of the artist Joana Vasconcelos, who set as a priority that materials strongly connected with the Portuguese culture were used in the ferryboat. Her choice of natural cork and her association with Amorim, the leading player in the cork industry become, thus, obvious.