All across the walls at the Lisbon airport metro stop, there are caricatures of famous Portuguese cultural figures.
When you think you’ve seen them all you carry on along a long corridor towards the airport and encounter a couple dozen more.
The figures range from painters and poets to architects and pilots. They are all drawn in the same style and each one has a small name tag beside it explaining the subject’s profession.
Lisbon’s metro and airport are squeaky clean and very modern, these quirky caricatures give it a comical feel, whilst adding a bit of cultural history to the spacious long corridors of the underground.
Apart from the rich history stunning views and beautiful architecture, Lisbon has a thriving art scene. It has a numerous galleries and museums being home to the fashion museum.
The street art and the diverse culture in the city show that the art scene is still very much alive. While walking up the hill to St Jorge’s castle to admire the view I stumbled upon this little cafe which had a huge recycled sculpture suspended in the middle of the courtyard.
It was made from what looked almost like brillo pads, a large ball of mesh wiring bundled together into a smooth wavy texture. Parts of it were starting to rust, however this only added to its charm and gave it some more colour. It’s simple design and it’s shape allowed it to create an atmosphere and give the courtyard a quirky look. Reworking old materials is a theme in Lisbon, this is evident in design all across the city.
Lisbon has a lot of steep hills, the narrow roads wind up and down the whole city. Tiny trams race up and down like little yellow capsules. Some buildings are empty and run down, standing next to impressive remnants of the empire and showing flickers of past glory. Perfectly pruned parks and white wash squares are dotted around, each one trying to outdo the last.The views from the Basilica da Estrela are impressive stretching out over the whole city. What struck me most were the tiled and colourful houses, giving the streets an almost North African feel.