Valkyrie Octopus is a monumental installation of the Valkyries series inspired by Norse mythology. These mythical female figures who flew over battlefields to select the bravest and most valorous warriors. Soaring over the space, this amorphous organic form embraces Grande Praça with her elongated tentacles, delivering blessings under her guardiance.
Measuring 20 meters in height, 35 meters in length, and weighing 1,200 kilos, Valkyrie Octopus took almost 10 months to create and is the artist’s largest piece to date. The work is made from more than 4,000 meters of boldly colored and patterned fabrics, such as Nisa embroidery from the Alto Alentejo region of Portugal, and embellished with thousands of beads and LED lights placed in a patchwork of patterns, shapes and textures, fed by 3,100 meters of electric cable. The artwork is set to transform Grande Praça into a magical yet familiar world.
The artist offers visitors the opportunity to become part of the artwork with three large-scale floor sculptures from the Tetris series: Chiado, Alfama and Madragoa. Viewers could sit and contemplate the exhibition that envelops them from three perspectives. The titles refer to Lisbon’s main historic neighborhoods and the works are clad in handmade Azulejos tiles completed with motifs and themes common in Portuguese and Hispano-Moresque tile work. The Tetris series of sculptures and paintings perfectly reflects Portuguese history.