New Public Work of Art

Mary Portelli's 'Qawsalla Fjuri' Officially Inaugurated


The Minister for Gozo, Anton Refalo, officially inaugurated the mosaic work of art entitled ‘Qawsalla Fjuri’ in Mġarr, Gozo. The mosaic mural stretches 11 meters and represents a rainbow of flowers emerging from a sea snail – Murex Trunculus. It is worth mentioning that this species is very common in the Mediterranean Sea and it was used by the Phoenicians to extract the highly prized purple dye.

The Minister lauded Mary Portelli, the artist who produced this work of art, for the excellent job done. He said that this is another fine example of the Ministry for Gozo’s commitment to further embellish and reinforce the tourism product of the island. The Minister reiterated that the vision for the island of Gozo is to become increasingly welcoming without jeopardizing the natural environment. 

The Minister explained that Gozo’s culture, heritage and identity need to be protected. He also stated that creativity is the foundation upon which cultures are built and it is the Ministry’s objective to let people be creative through these public works of art. In turn, their work will add value to the Gozo experience of people visiting the Island.

The Minister for Gozo closed his speech by emphasising the rainbow’s symbolic meaning of diversity and noted that the light which creates the rainbow is a symbol of tolerance and unity. 

The work of art was financed through the ecoGozo funds.