Working collaboratively with various communities prepared me for my recent association with the Portuguese community in Cambridge MA. From 2014 to the present I have been commissioned to create puppets, floats and sculpture for the annual Portugal Day Parade.
Portuguese symbol filigree heart 2014
Giant puppet heads 2014
Giant puppets in the rain 2015
Toure de Belen 21′ L x 12′ H x 7′ W 2015
In 2018 I was commissioned to build a seven foot tall statue of the poet Luiz de Camoes , the “Shakespeare” of Portugal for the Portugal Day celebration in Boston. Previously there had been a Portugal Day Parade going down Cambridge Street in Cambridge, the heart of Cambridge’s Portuguese neighborhood. In 2018 the event was held in Boston City Hall Plaza. The president of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and other dignitaries spoke. The music and poetry of Portugal was celebrated.
Luiz de Camoes 1524 – 1580, had an adventurous and troubled life. He was a poet, a sailor during the period of Portuguese expansion, a soldier losing his right eye in a battle in North Africa, a prisoner and an adventurer. During all of this he continued to write brilliant and enduring poetry.