Monday, October 25, 2010 | Categories: Documentaries
Fogo Island is nine miles wide and 16 miles long - a rugged rock, peppered with bogs, berries and barrens.
A herd of caribou makes its home there, and so do some three thousand people.
This makes it an unlikely place for an audacious experiment in contemporary art and architecture, an experiment designed to make a splash in the art world and a difference in the future of a struggling Island economy.
For over 3 centuries, Fogo Islanders - like most Newfoundlanders - relied on the inshore cod fishery. When it collapsed, people poured off the island. Of those who cling to the place, some make a living in shellfish. Many have had to find seasonal work in
Alberta's oil sands in order to hang on.
Enter a singing multimillionaire in her early fifties named Zita Cobb. As the founder of the Shorefast Foundation and its many enterprises, she's a big spending visionary, determined to lure Fogo Islanders home and world class artists - along with some high end tourists - to its rocky shores.
This week, we brought you the story in a documentary called, A Rock, Turning.