The Lovers of the River Almonda is an interactive and participatory art installation created by artist and designer Luigi Ferrara in collaboration with photographer Voitek Pendrak. It has been commissioned by Renova, a global provider of paper consumption goods whose headquarters are located by the river Almonda in Torres Novas, Portugal.
In this work, the public is invited to pose for a photograph as lovers within an artificial tableau of a riverbank shaded by trees made from Renova paper. A customized love poem is created for the participants by the artist based on a series of questions that he asks them. The poetry and photography are combined and projected during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2015.
The art installation generates photographs and poems, which are shared with the public. The shared fragments spread the experience beyond the timeframe of the event. The work underlines the “infinite risk” that love presents humanity by asking people to publicly declare their intimate love through their presence in the piece. Participants are left with a customized product, which includes the poem and photograph that captures their participation in the overall work.