Ângelo de Sousa
Um jardim catóptrico (Teuseus) [A Catroptic Garden], 2002
Corten steel, mirror (11 elements)
234 x 41 x 41 cm (each)
Coll. Fundação de Serralves — Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Porto
The sculptures of Ângelo de Sousa (Lourenço Marques, Mozambique, 1938 — Porto, Portugal, 2011) are exercises in constructed form in space.
Located at the far north of the Park not far from the Villa, Um jardim catóptrico (Teuseus) consists of a set of eleven pairs of vertical mirrors, each forming a right angle, reflecting the Park and its visitors. According to the artist: ‘The idea was to make an installation that is very discreet, hidden, lost in the nature in which it stands (…)’. Triggered by the reflection of the light (hence the title ‘catroptic’), the surrounding environment is reflected on several mirrored surfaces that become a game where the visitor’s image is continuously revealed and hidden, merging with the landscape.
This work was conceived for Porto 2001: European Capital of Culture programme, and was installed at the Serralves Park in 2002.