Located in the Côa Valley, along the border of Guarda District, very close to the charming Historical Village of Castelo Rodrigo, the Faia Brava Natural Reserve covers about 850 ha of land in the municipalities of Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo and Pinhel. In this sector, the steep slopes of the river are formed by granite outcroppings and cliffs, a good habitat for the cliff-breeding birds.
This area is included in the Coa Valley Special Protected Area (Natura 2000) and IBA (Birdlife International Important Bird Area) and, finally, in the Archaeological Park of the Côa Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Born in Ireland, Antony Lyons lives in the UK and is an ecological artist, mainly dedicated to site-specific installations like the one he will develop here, as well as video/audio and photographic works.
An artist who works closely with the community and involves them throughout the process. His creative practice unites art and science and he already has vast experience working in this region, having also developed the Wild Côa Symphony project - an artist residency organised by the Endangered Landscapes Programme in this region.
Antony Lyons will develop a piece of art made with natural materials that respect its decay in the landscape, but that will be a real building that pays tribute and gives new life (artistic) to the dovecotes of our region. The piece will stay at the Faia Brava Reserve, partner of this initiative.