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Polvo Azul

2015, Joao Parrinha & Xandi Kreuzeder
Material: Mixed Beach Trash; Size: 450 cm diameter
Location: Ericeira, Portugal

On the occasion of the World Ocean Day in June 2015 the Blue Octopus was created as a symbol for the clean waves around Ericeira in Portugal – the world’s first and only World Surfing Reserve in Europe!
Besides surfers there are plenty of octopuses that swim in the ocean off the coast of Ericeira. These intelligent creatures are able to solve complex tasks like opening jars with screw tops or imitating the skills of fellow octopuses through observation. Some species are even capable of copying the look of other animals.
In the week preceding the World Ocean Day Skeleton Sea cleaned the beaches around Ericeira with local school kids. They then turned the waste into artworks including the eight arms and head of the Polvo Azul.
The blue color pays homage to the Blue Flag Association that only grants a blue flag to beaches with high ecological standards and premium water quality. Therefore the Blue Octopus also works as a symbol indicating that the World Surfing Reserve Ericeira not only protects waves but also makes sure that the beaches and the ocean’s water stay clean.

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Celebrate the World Oceans Day!

To help raise awareness for the preservation of our natural resources, using art as an ally in promoting creative recycling. The Skeleton Sea Art Gallery has accepted this challenge, along with the Municipality of Mafra and the Parishes of Carvoeira, Ericeira and St. Isidoro, thereby organizing several beach clean-ups and creative workshops that aim to celebrate the World Environment Day (June 5) and World Oceans Day (June 8), under the inspiration of “Ericeira, World Surfing Reserve.”

Communicating with a conservational message – Keep the Oceans and Beaches Clean – these activities shall take place between the 5th and 8th of June, on the beaches of Foz do Lizandro and Ribeira d’Ilhas.

The project seeks to promote in Portugal the Good Environmental Status (GES) in local marine and coastal waters and improve Ocean literacy levels amongst different age groups of the Portuguese School Community, transferring good habits learnt in school into the household, so that behaviour change can have ripple effects in the wider population. We believe that people are most successful in achieving change when they have support for their decisions. This comes best when people work together – connecting with others, doing similar things and sharing experiences.

The intention is not only to invite participantes to collect beach trash but to also find new uses for old things, making art from the collected materials and thus jointly create a guardian installation piece for the first World Surfing Reserve in Europe – because together we are stronger and united we can go further! This “Octupus” piece will be presented at Ribeira d’Ilhas beach and is to remain throughout the year as a guardian symbol of marine and coastal water preservation.

Little artists will be creating true “Presents of the Sea” by helping raise awareness and build community support for the adoption of more sustainable behavior. The action reminds us of what happens to waste, in a exercise of citizenship that raises awareness of environmental issues and enables participantes to find suitable materials for art creation. The project transgresses material boundaries, collecting rubbish and quick-to apply materials to focus on self expression and environmental learning rather than on artistic skill development.

Wooden Surfboard Workshop 2018!

Every detail matters: Our hollow wooden surfboards are handcrafted, surf-able works of art. Build your own wooden surfboard with original FCS Pauwlonia wood. Clean – Sustainable – Environmental friendly.

We teach you to build your own board with the original strip and feather method. Hollow wooden boards are light and much more durable than foam and polyester boards.
The ride feel is unique … it´s like playing your own wooden made instrument and the look is just gorgeous.. definetly an eye catcher on the beach.

Possible boards to build are retro style short boards, mini simmons, singlefins, twins, fishtail, eggstyle boards and mini malibus.

The 2018 fixed dates for wooden Surfboard workshop weeks are:

  • 17th to 23rd of September 2018
  • 8th to 14th of October 2018

Individual dates and reservations are always possible. Please contact us directly at info@skeletonsea.com.

Information & Prices
Duration: 1 week/ 4 hours/day
Capacity: min. 2 persons – max. 5 persons
Price/Person:

  • until 6 Foot Board EUR 750,– 
  • until 8 Foot Board EUR 900,–
  • for a Longboard EUR 1.100,-

All prices are including all wood, FCS finboxes and the fibre glassing!

Full Workshop package with accommodation:

Our Skeleton Sea Environmental Art Centre is located in the small village of Santo Isidoro in Portugal, just one kilometre inland from the famous Ribeira D’Ilhas surf beach and seven more waves and beaches outside Ericeira recognized as the only European World Surfing Reserve.

The Skeleton Sea Environmental Art Centre includes a workshop, a gallery, one cosy wooden cabin and a Glamping style house tent for accommodation. A healthy breakfast with organic coffee and tea and one dinner BBQ for the week is included. We have a big garden and a small pool to relax and Xandi will show you the best places for surfing.

Prices for full package:

EUR 1.200,– with board until 6 foot

EUR 1.350,– with board until 8 foot

EUR 1.600,– with board for a long board

    
      

Make your own Alaia or Speedbox with us:

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Alaia Workshop

Build your own Alaia from original FCS Pauwlonia wood. This wonderful wood is extremely light, very resistant and salt-water proof. The wood is only oiled and waxed and makes it 100% sustainable and environmental friendly. Choose your design, cut the outline, shape and sand it.

Information & Prices
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: min. 2 persons
Price/Person: EUR 350,–
including costs for material

Speedbox Workshop

Inspired by the Mach-77 boogie board we redesigned a super fast twin-fin short board, the speed box. Build your own hollow wooden Speed Box with recycled wood. Clean – sustainable – environmental friendly. We teach you to build your own board with our chambered method. Don´t worry. It´s not too short and due to the Box design we have the same volume
than normal short boards. This board definitely promises a lot of fun in small all conditions waves… and definitely an eye catcher in the water. Sizes: from 4′ 0” to 4’6”

Information & Prices
Duration: 3 days/ 4 hours/day
Capacity: min. 2 persons – max. 5 persons
Price/Person: EUR 400,– including Material. Without fins!

Please contact us for reservations.
Send us an email to: info@skeletonsea.com ! alaia_A9Y4717

Make your own Alaia Board with us:

Build your own Alaia from original FCS Pauwlonia wood. This wonderful wood is extremely light, very resistant and salt-water proof. The wood is only oiled and waxed and makes it 100% sustainable and environmental friendly. Choose your design, cut the outline, shape and sand it.

Alaia

Information & Prices
Duration: 1 day
Capacity: min. 2 persons
Price/Person: EUR 350,–
including costs for material

Please contact us for reservations.
Send us an email to: info@skeletonsea.com !

First Seedlings Art Exhibition starts at 5pm on Sunday 17th of April in the Park Santa Marta

Portuguese Version – please read below!

THE SANTA MARTA PARK, in ERICEIRA, shall receive its first collective Skeleton Sea Seedlings art exhibition in partnership with the Ericeira Group of Schools.

The Seedlings Project final colaborative art exhibition is a result of the artworks created in each workshop by the participating children and the Opening for this exhibit will be Sunday, April 17 from 17h00, at the sala Atlântico (Parque de Santa Marta), Ericeira. Expectations are high and the organisation promises to surprise!

In the framework of this exhibition, which includes over 500 artworks in addition to a selection of sculptures from the Skeleton Sea “Keep the Oceans Clean” collection, our intention is to promote a public awareness campaign so as to find new uses for old things, making art from the collected materials and thus jointly build a sense of child and adult with and understanding of artists, galleries and arts exhibitions. All recycled artworks on display are to be returned to the participating schools – Encarnação, Carvoeira, Santo Isidoro and Ericeira, where they can serve as a platform and inspiration for further arts-based environmental educational activities.

Join us!
Santa Marta Park – Ericeira
Sala Atlântico | Tuesday to Sunday | 10H00 – 13H00 / 14H00 – 18H00
@ Largo de Santa Marta – 2655-357 Ericeira
Closes on Mondays and national holidays.

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PARQUE DE SANTA MARTA vai receber a primeira exposição colectiva Skeleton Sea “Os Rebentos” em Parceria com o Agrupamento de Escolas da Ericeira.

A exposição colaborativa com o título Skeleton Sea Seedlings, “Os Rebentos”, desenvolvida como resultado de cada workshop pelas próprias crianças e com o apoio da Câmara Municipal de Mafra, vai inaugurar na sala Atlântico (Parque de Santa Marta – Ericeira) no dia 17 de Abril, pelas 17h00. As expetativas são elevadas e a organização promete surpreender!

No âmbito desta exposição composta por cerca de 500 das melhores peças, incluindo algumas esculturas da colecção Skeleton Sea “Mantenha Os Oceanos Limpos”, pretendemos promover uma campanha de sensibilização para encontrar novos usos para velhas coisas, ou seja, fazer arte a partir dos materiais recolhidos na praia e, assim, construir conjuntamente um sentimento de confiança e compreensão, entre as crianças e os adultos, do que é ser artista, experimentar “novos” materiais de arte e do que é um ambiente expositivo. No final do projecto, as obras de arte serão devolvidas às escolas da Encarnação, Carvoeira, Santo Isidoro e da Ericeira, como recursos didáctico-pedagógicos e para efeitos estéticos.

Venham daí..
Parque de Santa Marta – Ericeira
Sala Atlântico | 3.ª feira a domingo | De terça a domingo: 10H00 – 13H00 / 14H00 – 18H00
Encerra às segundas e feriados
Largo de Santa Marta – 2655-357 Ericeira

Co-financed by:

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