Las Estrellas del Camino is expanding its art to Portugal


The artistic initiative honoring the people who keep the Jacobin spirit alive enters the neighboring country, with dialogue as the common thread

Pilgrims who have traveled the last stages of the Camino de Santiago since last year already know the amazing murals that mark those last kilometers and pay tribute to the people who keep the Jacobin spirit alive, universal and unique at the same time. That artistic initiative, created by Estrella Galicia under the title Las Estrellas del Camino, is now expanding to neighboring Portugal, expanding what is already considered the largest art exhibition in the world. And he does it in a year, this 2022, which remains exceptional Xacobeo. Occupying the Portuguese Way, this new gallery uses the dialogue and twinning between the two countries as a common thread, in the idea of ​​continuing to weave an infinite network of stories, encounters and exchanges that crop up on the Jacobean route and those are spirit.

Opened last year, the exhibition was developed along the last seven stages of the Camino Frances, covering a total of 140 kilometers. Now this artistic exhibition is extended by 230 kilometers and covers nine stages of the Portuguese Way, between Porto and Santiago de Compostela. Each of them will have an exterior mural painted by the Galician Lula Goce and the Portuguese Daniel Eime, who will engage in an artistic conversation with each other.

As in the first episode of the exhibition, the protagonists of these murals are nine people with nine stories of resistance related to the Camino, to tradition and to the land, who know how to deal with all difficulties. Among them Joaquin Sá, a 74-year-old athlete, who has made the tour several times, an award-winning pianist and cultural manager included in the ranking of the Top 100 Leading Women in Spain, or Enrique Ocampo, representing the Ocampo family who has devoted itself to the construction and repair of bells since 1630, including that of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.

The murals are painted in highly visible places, such as facades or bridges in Matosinhos (Oporto), Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, Rubiaes, Tui, O Porriño, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis and Padrón. Two of the murals are already finished; that of Joaquin Sá, in Rubiaes, and that of Enrique Ocampo, in Caldas de Reis, both played by Lula Goce.

«We want to continue to pay our sincere tribute to all the people who live on the Camino, because thanks to them it has become a unique and unrepeatable experience. And what better way to do that than by displaying their stories in artwork created by two exceptional local artists. It is our way of thanking them for all they do for our country and for keeping alive the traditions that unite the peoples of Galicia and Portugal,” said Santiago Miguélez, Marketing Director of Estrella Galicia.

The history of Galicia and Portugal is that of two twin cities, which over the centuries have maintained an inseparable link with the Way as the fundamental connector. Dialogue is an essential part of this journey, as a link between people from different countries and cultures, who share a multitude of experiences on their journey to Santiago de Compostela.

For this reason, dialogue is the common thread of this new exhibition, in which Lula Goce and Daniel Eime will alternate their works throughout the itinerary, initiate conversation through the murals and reinforce the idea of ​​exchange so present in the way.

A landmark is placed very close to each mural with detailed information about each portrayed. These new milestones will be part of the road’s new artistic route.

Source: La Verdad


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