Tag Archives: street art

River Artist

A stroll next to the Tagus River in Lisbon is very interesting. I never know what I’ll come across. This time it was river art – an industrious artist, using river rocks to create sculptures with a theme.

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Tall and thin, stonehenge-like, maybe?
©2017 Regina Martins

Look carefully, the scene below is of The Last Supper.

Look carefully, this is The Last Supper
©2017 Regina Martins

And here is the artist himself…

The artist himself
©2017 Regina Martins

A pretty lady.

Face
©2017 Regina Martins

This is an interesting picture because it has so much in it. Firstly I’ve tried to include the whole exhibit. And secondly…can you see the green frog on the right of the photo? Surprise…..!

Can you see the green frog on the right of the photo?
©2017 Regina Martins

A red velvet lined rock repository for his funding…

Every artist needs to fund their artistic endeavours
©2017 Regina Martins

Each collection of colour representing an inspiration.

Colourful rocks turned into art
©2017 Regina Martins

A message of welcome to the Pope who will be visiting Fátima soon.

A message of welcome to the Pope who is visiting Fátima in Portugal soon but is not coming to Lisbon. 
©2017 Regina Martins

I don’t know who the artist is. While tourists marvelled at his rock art he carried on, never looking up, piling rock upon rock, creating new works.

 

WordPress Weekly Photo: Surprise

Walking down Rua do Alecrim in Lisbon I passed a derelict building and had to look at it twice to make sure my eyes weren’t deceiving me – and was taken by surprise – a very pleasant one because the statement made by the artist is right up my street.

Security check. Materials: fear and submission by Forest Dump ©2017 Regina Martins

Street art is not elitist and reaches all kinds of people, according to the artist. Some people are touched by the statement and stop and think, while others walk on by.

Social statement. ©2017 Regina Martins

The artist says that his work is sometimes unauthorised. He is inspired by outdoor spaces, where his art resides. Some of his exhibits last a few hours and others a few weeks.

Surprise… ©2017 Regina Martins

He likes being anonymous because it gives him more freedom of expression.

©2017 Regina Martins

The artist says he’s been changing streets to the way he wants them to look like for a long time.

Quote by the artist:

Lately, I’ve been feeling that the world is being searched by fear. Governments choose intolerant and discriminatory measures and police practice invasive attitudes on the minorities. The word SECURITY nowadays can knockdown the concept of individual privacy. This control freak machine keeps working as the tank is constantly refilled with fear, should we keep lowing our heads and spread our hands against the wall?


Info on the artist obtained from this article – Meet Forest Dump – The Nature Fan.

 

Roundup: The Top 5 Posts on Wide Eyed In Wonder

If you want a quick click to the most popular posts on Wide Eyed in Wonder you have come to the right place.

This blog has been in existence since 2012 and I never thought it would take off, but it has in a weird kind of sense. Given that it is a naked niche blog (see post on Naked Niche blogging) it has done alright.

Dreams of earning loads of money and making a living through my blog are still but a dream. I do not even have ads enabled. But I live in hope.

In any event, below is a roundup of the most popular posts on Wide Eyed In Wonder, those that have been most searched and read.

In reverse order…

Number 5 is: Pune 

The Aga Khan Palace in Pune
The Aga Khan Palace in Pune

An India post. Did I already mention that my India travel posts are still popular? No? Ok, I am mentioning it now. I lived in Pune for 3 weeks and what an experience it was. I still have friends living in that city and would like to spend more time there.

Number 4 is: Twist – Graffiti in Lisbon

Chameleon, love his expression
Chameleon, love his expression

I find my street art posts are also very popular. There are photos naturally. In general there is a fascination with street art the world over. I would love to travel the world looking for and photographing interesting street art. There is no better expression of a people’s culture, mindset and psyche than that which is expressed in paint on a wall.

Number 3 is: A Mini in Name Only

Leyland Mini 1275E and Morris Mini 850
The 1275E and the Morris Mini 850 side-by-side

The story of the Minis in our family, and the fun we have had with it. If you love the Mini you will enjoy this and perhaps recognise some of your own experiences in it.

Number 2 is: Mumbai

Another India travel post which remain popular even 2 years after posting. They normally show up high on search results.

The sun trying to rise and show itself through the smoke in an early winter's morning in Mumbai
The sun trying to rise and show itself through the smoke in an early winter’s morning in Mumbai

*** DRUM ROLL PLEASE ***

And number 1 is: New Delhi – a city anywhere in the world

Cycle-rickshaw - not the most comfortable of rides but cheaper than the motorised version
Cycle-rickshaw – not the most comfortable of rides but cheaper than the motorised version

It details my impressions of this metropolis, with loads of photos and a story about one of the many arguments I had in India with vendors, rickshaw drivers and tour guides.

Making lists grounds me, removes anxiety and brings structure to a life bordering on chaos.

I hope you have enjoyed these posts and helped make them more popular :-).

Which one did you like the most?

In response to the WordPress Weekly Writing Challenge - Countdown. Everyone loves a list...or a countdown.  Click on the link for more lists and countdowns.

Twist – Graffiti in Lisbon

Walking through Lisbon, you’ll see wall after wall of graceless tasteless graffiti, approximating vandalism than any kind of urban street art.

Imagine my surprise when I came across these abandoned houses painted with such boldness. I stood for a long while admiring the art-work and cleverness of beautifying what would otherwise be an eyesore, into something so pleasing.

This urban art is on Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo, Lisbon, and is a collaboration by Italian artist Blu and Brazialian artists, identical twins, Os Gemeos.

Click here to see a stop frame video of how they painted one of the houses.

Chameleon, love his expression
Chameleon, love his expression
Catching stars
Catching stars
Alien king
Alien king