after seeing virtually no art in albufeira and many large murals on the way from the airport to the train station in lisbon, i wasn’t sure what to expect in porto. from a relatively small and historically important city, i expected the streets to be ‘cleansed’ of any unwanted art, similar to what granada is starting to to in their albaicin neighbourhood (which i don’t agree with. find out why i was in cloud 9 in granada’s graffiti scene and haha loved granada’s charm).
how does that saying go? set your expectations low so you’ll never be disappointed? taking away the negativity associated with that quote, it’s kind of true and in this case i was far from disappointed. the street art scene in porto is alive and well however in addition to the tags and murals, there’s all sorts of little knick knacks around town. the majority of the electric boxes in porto are all tagged with something different and random with a few artists doing multiple pieces and forming their own series’.
of course, you still have your murals and other pieces
and smaller tags throughout town
a painter that goes by the name of costa has great presence throughout the city as well. he likes the kittens, women and i’m not sure if the others are religious people or croissants. i hope they’re croissants.
maybe it’s something in the water or maybe portugal’s art scene is really thriving all over. we still have lisbon on our itinerary and from our brief ride to the airport, it looks like there is a lot to offer.