The Group has promoted the commemoration on the centenary of the birth of the artist, one of the most important sculptors of the second half of the 20th century
Saba, committed to the territories where it operates, collaborates with many institutions, associations and entities throughout the nine countries where it is present. On the centenary of the birth of the Portuguese sculptor Jorge Vieira, the company has promoted an institutional tribute together with the Lisbon City Council and the artist's widow, Noemia Cruz.
The artworks of Jorge Vieira (1922, Lisbon-1998, Estremoz), one of the major Portuguese sculptors of the second half of the 20th century, can be found in many different parts of Lisbon. Among these, the piece installed at the entrance of the car park that Saba operates in the Praça do Município, opposite Lisbon City Hall, deserves a special mention.
The intervention, popularly known as the "Joaninas" (1997), is made of wrought iron, and painted in a distinctive red colour. It evokes a musical pattern and manages to add a touch of colour to a location of great architectural and historical value. It was one of the last artworks the sculptor worked on before his death in 1998.
At the opening of the exhibition, the CEO of Saba, Josep Martínez Vila, pointed out that the decision to support the retrospective was made out of responsibility: "It is a great honour to have Jorge Vieira's artworks at the entrance of the car park that Saba has been managing for a quarter of a century in the Praça do Município, it is like looking after an open-air art gallery".
The mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, expressed his gratitude for Saba's encouragement to promote the recognition of the sculptor, emphasising his genius in altering the link between sculptures and the city with his artwork.
The exhibition, which will be open until 26 November, can be visited for free in the Praça do Município.