An Urban Canvas

I am loving the street art in Lisbon. Some may disagree with me. Some may think of it still as graffiti rather than art. But graffiti is art. Graffiti refers to a type of public marking and let’s think about it…this has existed since the Roman era, the Greeks, the Egyptians and our indigenous Australians. It’s always been a form of expression and a way of communicating. There are distinct differences between amateur scribblings and scrawls and truly impressive and clever pieces of artwork.

As you walk the streets of Lisbon, you find these little surprises along the way in the most unique places. Some of the pieces have a political message signifying economically challenging times in Portugal and the majority are extremely eye catching and colourful.

I love the juxtaposition between the old and the new. An old door in the middle of the Alfama district becomes unique in its own right. Somehow a fish in a shirt and tie whistling a tune enhances the appeal of this beautifully old and traditional neighbourhood.

Without this bow-tied sardine, this would just be another ancient wall in the Alfama district of Lisbon. I love the artists use of the wall as the frame.

By far, the most impressive street art I have seen so far is by an artist known as ‘Blu’. He’s originally from Argentina, but now lives in Bologna, Italy and his work is prolific throughout Europe. You can see some of his other works here and here. I stood and stared at it for a long time. Incredible. Unbelievable. Large scale. Spanning across three abandoned and derelict buildings.

And last week, during language school, I spotted this little guy through our 1st floor window. Sadly, this week he has disappeared! Maybe a annoyed local?

His t-shirt: Tinta Crua = Raw Paint. His banner: Nothing Gonna Stop the Flow.

Unfortunately, this time, someone stopped the flow.