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Cork: from Serpentine Pavilion to Venice Biennale

Cork products from the 2012 Serpentine Pavilion supplier have been used as part of an art project by Portuguese artist Joana Vasconcelos

Cork by Corticeira Amorim has been used to transform a traditional Lisbon ferryboat, chosen for its ‘strong decorative flair’ and its ‘technical performance and aesthetic versatility’.

High density insulation corkboard has been used within the access pier to the boat, whilst Cork’s decorative properties have been exploited in the ferryboat’s structure, where, like at the Serpentine Pavilion designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei , cork has been used to form the seating.

The vessel’s deck and overhead are covered with cork, including the ship’s rail and its outside. High moisture areas, such as the outside deck, were covered with a cork rubber composite material.

Artist, Joana Vasconcelos, said: ‘The support of Corticeira Amorim to the Portuguese Pavilion brought cork, a natural product, to the project; cork has an extraordinary potential and is also a distinguishing feature of Portugal in the world.’

The ferryboat addresses the commonalities between the two cities: Lisbon and Venice, and will remain in place at the Venice Biennale until 24 November.

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