As a child, my family would laugh at me because, when I saw houses decorated with Christmas lights, I would get so excited that I’d scream Oooh and Ahhh! Well, I felt like that child again in Lisbon, Portugal. Everywhere I looked, I saw so much beauty and art that I wanted to scream out Oooh and Ahhh! For example, the Portuguese tiles are breathtaking ….
Of course, I could go on and on. The architecture, the houses, the streets – the beauty just never ends. But I promised you a post on Lisbon street art, so I better get to that.
I was only in Lisbon for a weekend and did not go on an organized street art tour like I did when I was in Amsterdam. Rather, I took photos of any interesting street art I came across. (For a comprehensive review of Lisbon street art, see this article written by Ana Matei, which I used as a resource).
The street art I saw was mainly on abandoned or run-down buildings, or construction sites, much like the way street art began in so many places.
This street art of a man with a bird head is pretty cool (I haven’t been able to locate the name of the artist).
As was this:
This street art of a woman playing a mandolin is quite beautiful.
Shoot the Bank, stencil art by French artist, JP Malot.
The ceiling at TimeOut Market.
The piece de resistance, in my opinion, were in the Picoas area of Lisbon, only a few blocks from the Sheraton Lisboa, where I stayed. There were three large abandoned buildings in a row – fabulously painted from top to bottom! The art is part of a project called the Crono Project. It is incredible!
The buildings are so large that it is difficult to get a good photo of all three in a row.
This yellow character was the work of the incredible artist, Os Gemeos.
This crowned figure was created by BLU. Check out BLU’s website – it’s really great.
The blue figure on the middle building is called La Noche, created by Italian artist Sam3.
This was so much fun, I wish I had more days to explore the street art in Lisbon, but castles and palaces were waiting for me!