It is not just the countryside and buildings which I find inspiring in Algarve, there is also their art in public spaces.
In England our sculptures in public places tend to focus on commemorating someone’s achievements, and it’s usually a bloke being remembered so you can end up with a very patriarchal view of British achievements and life.
They have that problem here too, but they seem to be changing as most of the new public art we have seen in the east Algarve portrays a legend, social history or wildlife and there are women! So much more inspiring and so much more interesting. Here are a few we have stumbled across so far.
We also love the art on roundabouts, but that’s a post for the future!
In the meanwhile pop across to these posts, which explore in more depth the lack of monuments celebrating female achievements and lives – Erasure of Women from Public Spaces, Monumental Women and Dearth of Statues Honouring Women