Society

See the Sea Monsters running loose at the Rectory of the University of Porto

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The Rectory building of the University of Porto hosts an incredible exhibition made of waste collected in the beaches of the Invicta. Sea Monsters ("Monstros Marinhos”) is the theme of the exhibit jointly organized by the Interdisciplinary Center of Maritime and Environmental Investigation (CIIMAR) and the campaign Ocean Action Hub. The result is a set of sculptures and installations made of garbage collected at the beaches of Porto, by Ricardo Nicolau de Almeida.

The display is on show till 31st December. Entrance is free and it can be an optimal choice to entertain the younger ones while shopping in traditional trade for the festive season that is fast approaching.

Expect to see no less than a set of sculptures and installations made of garbage collected at the beaches of Porto, by Ricardo Nicolau de Almeida that will make your day, as well as serving as a solid reminder of the plastic threat facing the marine environment.

The exhibit has been designed for entertaining and educational moments, featuring an extravagant octopus with plastic tentacles, a blue fish with googly eyes and a jerrycan body, or marine plants made of fishing ropes and nets and the "Sala dos Idiotas" [Room of the idiots", free translation], which is filled with coloured human faces, also objects and items dragged by the sea currents and tides and a site-specific installation that shows a variety of shapes and colours of marine garbage.

All sculptures have been made of plastic collected in several beaches in Porto and the Porto Metropolitan area, as Ricardo Nicolau de Almeida devotes his time to ocean trash art. In 2019, the artist presented a sculpture made of materials collected from all the Portuguese coast at the Melting Gastronomy Summit.

This exhibition is entrance free and can be visited room Monday to Saturday, from 10am to 6pm. This weekend, however, due to the mandatory curfew, the exhibit is only open till 1pm.