David and I LOVE street art!
And Lisbon, Portugal has plenty of it.
Beautiful, gritty works of contemporary urban art “magically” springs up from Lisbon’s dirty, grimy walls. Some there for a day, while others last for months and sometimes years. Most only last into eternity because someone took a photo.
Talented local and visiting graffiti artists using spray paint, stencils, brushes and pure talent, create life, beauty, and art where ugly, blank walls once reigned.
Besides the colorful beauty of the art, I think one of the things about it that appeals so much is that street art is a constantly shifting medium. What was there one day or week, may not be the next. Few pieces are protected for permanent or semi-permanent fixtures. Instead, street art constantly renews, having a life all of its own.
Lisbon offers the perfect backdrop for urban street art. A city rising from the ashes of a deep recession, filled with hundreds of abandoned buildings and surfaces left for nature to reclaim. And while Mother Nature is doing her share, the street artists are doing their part, leaving behind rainbowed urban art ranging in sizes from several inches to 50-foot walls.
Both commissioned and uncommissioned, street art dots the alleys, staircases, abandoned factories, walls and falling down buildings. And you never know what delights you’ll find just by turning a corner.
The funny thing is, we never made it to the several famous streets. We meant too but always found other locations to look. We’ll just see them on the next trip!
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Here are a few of our favorite pieces of street art in Lisbon.
Commissioned Street Art by Pixel Pancho
We found these amazing pieces of art by the awesome Italian street artist Pixel Pancho on building down by the docks. I just love how he incorporated the natural texture and brick into each mural.
Street Art Along the Alameda River Path
Quite a few abandoned buildings line the Alameda side of the Tagus. All are covered with graffiti and contemporary art pieces. Just make sure you keep an eye where you’re walking as you gaze in awe at the colorful art lining the route. Otherwise, you may find yourself swimming in the river. For easy access, use the ferry from Cais de Sodre to Cacilhas.
Urban Art Around Lisbon
We couldn’t turn a corner in Lisbon without finding a street art sample. Here are a few of our favorites from various places around the city. If you’re interested in knowing where we found a particular piece, let us know and we’ll do our best to give you directions for finding it.
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