While driving through the sleepy village of Brejão in the Alentejo, we happened upon the most amazing street art painted on the side elevation of several houses. Curious to discover more I took several photographs and sent them to my Portuguese blogging buddy, Sami, in Oz.
Sami quickly identified the lady in the series of paintings as Amália Rodrigues known as Portugal’s greatest Fado singer.
The four pictures are in homage to the fado diva and represent different phases of her life. The final painting is Amália Rodrigues at the end of her career, singing while looking out to sea.
Brejão, is where Amália Rodrigues had her vacation home so she had a strong identity with the local area.
The paintings, by street artist, SMILE, required ‘over 100 liters of plastic paint and up to 200 spray cans’ to complete. EAch painting is eight meters high and 15 meters long.
The challenge was launched by the Odemira Municipal Council, which, in partnership with the Cultural Association of Economic and Social Development of Brejão and the Amália Rodrigues Foundation, develops each year the program “Odemira, Recalls Amália” with a set of initiatives.
These paintings are and amazing tribute and well worth an visit.
This is my submission for Sami’s Monday Mural Challenge
(It’s now Monday where Sami lives)