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Photo Essay: MAAT

I had a hard time choosing just these photos for this post. When I was in Lisbon last month my wanderlust took me to one of the most mesmerising, interesting and beautiful structures I have ever been to date – the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology or MAAT.

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MAAT, located on the banks of the Tagus River is a complex worth visiting. Expect to spend at least half a day there.

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The roof juts out, spaceship-like over the entrance. A gentle walk to the rooftop provides a 360 degree view of Lisbon – the river, the bridge, the Padrão dos Descobrimentos and the residential rooftops of the Lisbon suburb, Alcântra.

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Amoeba-like in shape, it’s a complex structure that mesmerises the mind – and the finger on the camera shutter button 🙂

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Designed by London-based architect, Amanda Levete, it is clad in 15,000 white ceramic tiles.

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View from beneath the entrance, the passage on the right, disappears into the distance leading to the roof top.

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The Ponte 25 De Abril, peeking out, as seen from the rooftop of the MAAT. Standing on the top, the structure seemed to move and undulate with the wind coming off the river.

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Looking out towards the Padrão dos Descobrimentos silhouette’d in the background.

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The residential rooftops of the Lisbon suburb, Alcântra. I love it that people come to the rooftop – there is no entrance fee to this section – to sit and chill, relax and enjoy the sun.

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The rooftop of the MAAT. All the lines are gentle and curving, much like the cultural proposition of the space.

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Walking down from the rooftop, looking towards the Ponte, the design of the steps converting human shadows into pacman-like blocky shapes.

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The undulating lines are a photographer’s dream.

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The 4 exhibition galleries of the MAAT are located below ground – it was constructed as a place to stimulate critical thinking and dialogue.

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The MAAT is a short 10-minute train ride from the Cais do Sodré station – get off at the Alcântra station – it is between the road and the river. Trains runs every 20 minutes on the Cascais line.

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The MAAT complex includes the renovated Central Tejo power station with various exhibits.

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Read more on the MAAT by clicking here and here.

WordPress Weekly Photo: Earth – Spanish Sunset

This is one of those times that I delved into my archives for this week’s theme – earth. A sunset, my favourite time of the day, epitomises the theme, a time when the heightened energy of the day is ebbing to make way for a slower pace. At least that’s what is supposed to happen 😉

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According to Cheri, Earth Day is near, so this week we’re celebrating this planet on which we live. I will be posting more photos during the course of the next week with my interpretation of Earth.

 

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.

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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.

 

Pink Is The Colour Of Spring

Pink was everywhere in Lisbon. Pink blossoms on the trees, pink houses, and pink roadways. I therefore conclude that pink is the colour of spring in beautiful Lisbon. Just take a look at these pics.

Pink roadway promising festivities
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Pink toned graffiti on the elevator tram
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Pink elevator tram
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Pink paintwork
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Pink house
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Pink blossoms, the colour of Spring in Lisbon
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