After Jorge commented on my Loulé roundabout post to remind us of the horrors of Guia’s N125 roundabout, I couldn’t help myself. The next time we passed through it, I pulled over and asked my wife (who had her trusty iPod touch with her) to take a few photos.
For the curious, here is one candidate for Algarve’s Worst Roundabout:
Well, at least it saves on landscaping costs. One does shudder at the idea of a municipality actually paying for the artwork, though.
Since you can’t fully appreciate the art from a distance, let’s move closer:
The town’s coat of arms and the wave-patterned calçadas are a nice start. But then there are the wine bottles, grapes and…two chickens. (One of them is hidden from view behind the left wine/grape combo). I have no idea what the chickens signify. And why is everything white? The first thing I think of when I see this is those “paint your own” pottery shops, where they sell unfinished pottery for customers to glaze and then fire.
My theory, therefore, is that the city of Guia contracted this design but ran out of money before it was done. Thus the unfinished, pasty white statuary.
Either that, or they’ve bleached out in the Algarvean sunshine.