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Viaduto Infante Santo: A Burst of Color in a Gray Avenue

Cities can be very gray and sad sometimes, so I appreciate every effort made to color them and make them nicer for its inhabitants. That's why I've always liked the colored tiles in Infante Santo's Viaduct.

Photo by saidseni

This azulejos (Portuguese ceramic tile work) panel was designed by the Portuguese plastic artist, Eduardo Nery in 2001 and produced by the famous ceramic factory, Viúva Lamego.

It crosses a big avenue in Lisbon, Av. 24 de Julho. This place has a certain charm, it’s true, with the docks and the river. But it’s not the best place for a full-time pedestrian like myself. It’s a place for cars and even the trains pass without almost any kind of protection for pedestrians. It’s also a gray area and one of the places I dislike in Lisbon, generally called Alcântara. I find it sad. That’s why I like this colorful piece of public art, it makes me smile! :) That’s public service to me!

Living in the historical center of the city is great but when I want to make things like long exposures of the traffic as, for example, the ones I see here made by Japanese lomographers, eheheh, I feel like I live in a village! When I wanted to try the timescan technique with my Spinner with moving subjects, I was looking for a place where cars moved fast enough…and then I thought of Infante Santo’s Viaduct! With that lovely background, it was definitely my best option!

Oops, I don’t think Lisbon drivers respect the maximum 50 kph here…! ;)

written by saidseni

1 comment

  1. catarella


    nice idea!

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