A Star for Europe

The sculpture was acquired by the Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and placed in the Cova da Moura Palace.

A Star for Europe is the result of an art and industry cooperation. Created by artist Leonel Moura it was produced by a large-scale 3D printing robot at Movecho, a 4.0 manufacturing company located in Viseu.

The shape is based on the European flag stars with a trellis for stability.

The material is a special PLA compound that gives beautiful glassy effects.  

The Star for Europe is 206 x 216 x 90 cm and weighs around 100 kg.

Art and industry cooperation is an important challenge to trigger innovation. As referred in the European Starts initiative: “Arts are increasingly gaining prominence as a catalyst for an efficient conversion of Science & Technology knowledge into novel products, services, and processes”.

Leonel Moura is a pioneer in the application of robotics and artificial intelligence in art.
Since 2001 he has shown his work with artbots, generative art, virtual and augmented reality, 3D and robot theatre, all around the world. The most recent swarm of robots coined NEO, performed at UCCA, Beijing in 2020, in the exhibition “Immaterial/Re-material. A Brief History of Computing Art”.

Leonel Moura promotes a new kind of art based on machine creativity.

In 2009 he was appointed European Ambassador for Creativity and Innovation by the European Commission.

Movecho is a Portuguese-Swiss company established in Nelas, Viseu, in 1989. It began by specializing in manufacturing and exporting office furniture but gradually have widened the scope of its services. Currently, it focuses on manufacturing bespoke furniture for commercial and service providers’ property, as well as on product design, which with a notorious and awarded history of collaboration with designers, architects, and artists.