Architecture and art, Western Europe

Portuguese organization brings graffiti closer to the elderly in Lisbon

When I visited Lisbon, a city known for its bohemian atmosphere, lovely beaches and hot nightlife, I didn’t imagine I’d be wandering the streets looking for urban art – but that’s exactly what happened. Lisbon is just bustling with creative graffitis in all neighborhoods, depicting everything from novel characters to passionate love scenes.

Naturally, the city is also filled with crap graffiti.Furthermore, for most people, this type of art is only reserved for the young. LATA 65 wants to change that; they want to break the stereotypes and have people of all ages improve the quality of graffitis. Through workshops attendees learn the history of street art while making their own stencils and tags, ultimately incorporating their work in murals across the city.

Ultimately, they hope to break the cliches that surround graffiti and make their city look even better – even for tourists. So what do you think? Can this social project actually help improve the city, or is it a nice idea, with no real touristic impact? Or is it even a bad idea? Share your opinions in the comment section!


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