My Village – Horácio Guerra – Extended until December 31, 2023
In the year in which the twentieth anniversary of the new village of Luz is celebrated, this exhibition represents a commemorative tribute to the old village of Luz, resulting from the persistent and meticulous work of Horácio Guerra who, for years, collected information from various sources until he began to to create the basis on which he built a scale model of approximately 1/100, as faithful as possible, of the old Luz.
Measuring 5 meters long and 4 meters wide, the model integrates various materials such as wood, plaster, cork, cardboard and provides an opportunity to revisit the old village of Luz.
According to the author, the thematic set, now on display at the Museu da Luz, “results from a need to preserve and honor the memory and identity of the village” that saw it born.
“These were years of hard work, but also of enormous pleasure in leaving a testimony for the new generations and for anyone who wants to know what life was like in the old Luz”, he said.
Horácio Guerra was born in old Luz and, in professional terms, he started out as a barber and later dedicated himself to the civil construction sector and trade, among others. A man of a thousand and one trades, he is a self-taught man who in recent years has been focused on completing a dream: his model of the former Luz.
It has participated since the beginning and regularly in the maintenance and assembly of the exhibitions at the Museu da Luz.