Aldeia da Terra (Earth Village) - The most caricatural village of Portugal
The ‘barrística’ (modeling or sculpture of figurative in clay) is a branch of the pottery with deep traditions in Portugal. If, on the one hand, the origins of certain expressions of the popular imagination - such as the Galo de Barcelos or the phallic lobster of Caldas - are lost in the times, the Portuguese traditional ‘barrística’ schools, that still today work them, of Caldas da Rainha, Barcelos or Estremoz, founded strong foundations since the 16th century, especially from the beginning of the representation of the Crib, by Italian influences, by the height of the construction of the Convent of Mafra Palace. Many contemporary Portuguese artists explore new expressions in this continuity. Tiago Cabeça is one of the most awarded, artist and national craftsman, in this art form. Aldeia da Terra – the most caricatural village of Portugal, besides being classified as Cultural Interest by the Ministry of Culture, is a tribute to this centenary Portuguese art, in the form of a comic strip in clay in three dimensions. Sensitive, irreverent and full of good humor, born eight years ago as an open-air sculpture garden originally in Arraiolos, this unique and magnificent village is now in Évora, a World Heritage City, to delight all who visit it, open to the public 365 days a year, between 10:00 a.m. and 06:00 p.m., and the artists are always on the scene working live, caricatures and other comissions.