The Fontelo Sentinel

An anthropomorphic presence, dialogues with the only tree that occupies the centre of the clearing. A construction, rigorous and architectural, confronts and accompanies the vegetal element, wild in its naturalness. A connection is established between the two vertical “beings” that creates a dense space of references, energetic and magnetic, which attracts visitors to a conscious communion with nature.

Technical Details

The Fontelo Sentinel, 2020

Author: Rui Sanches
345 x 132 x 78 cm
Birch Plywood and Dibond
Fontelo Woods / 40.6586220, -7.8992770

Author's Word

Rui Sanches

Studied at Ar.Co – Centro de Arte e Comunicação Visual, Goldsmiths’ College (BA 1980) and Yale University (MFA 1982)
First one-person exhibition in 1984. Since then has shown his work individually over fourty times, namely at the Gulbenkian Foundation (2001), Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MUSEUM, 2008), Carmona e Costa Foundation (Dentro do desenho, 2014), and the Berardo Museum and Galeria do Torreão Nascente (Espelho/Mirror, 2019). His work has been shown widely in group-exhibitions, both in Portugal and abroad, and is represented in portuguese main public collections. Has produced several sculptures for public spaces, namely in Santo Tirso, Alcobendas (Spain), Olaias underground station (Lisboa), Assembleia da Republica (Lisboa) and Ribeira das Naus (Lisboa). In 2008 was awarded the AICA/Ministério da Cultura Prize.


Fontelo Woods
Viseu, Portugal
40.6605420, -7.8991220