Sunday morning in Oiã, and the streets are deserted.
Out in Barra this morning, a seaside town near Aveiro that is dominated by its lighthouse. Packed with tourists during normal summer months, in November the town is relatively quiet. This morning Barra was shrouded by a seaside fog, which soon burned away as the sun rose.
Barra is undergoing a lot of development at the moment, but alongside the new buildings there is always street art from the past.
Driving into Aveiro the main road leads past the salt flats on the left and the nightclub Sal on the right. Turning right towards the city centre, on the immediate right is a small car park built (if that is the right word) on the remains of several demolished houses. Actually, I was never sureContinue reading “Aveiro: The Car Park, 27 October 2021”
Alongside the canal that forms the central attraction of Aveiro is a path that leads to what was Club 8, the go-to nightclub in the city. Now long gone, it’s a nightclub called ‘Sal’ (salt, Aveiro’s premier export) and the buildings around have been largely demolished. The path to Sal leads under the main roadContinue reading “Aveiro: The Underpass, 27 October 2021”
Headed off along the railway line today. As well as a lot of commissioned street art, there is also a lot of graffiti to be found on the bridges and a nearby overpass.
Several years ago, the city of Aveiro initiated Vivacidade, ‘Dressing-Up the City Voids’. The aim was to enable the local community to transform abandoned spaces into useful places. Actors of Urban Change was the team who coordinated and promoted the project’s objectives. This old stencilled wall looks like it’s an advertising hoarding for the campaign,Continue reading “Actors of Urban Change, 27 October 2021”
Tucked away near the park with the sculpture by Luis Queimadela is a small piece by the Portuguese artist Dalila Montero, known as ‘Zooter’. Zooter has been commissioned for various street art projects around Aveiro, and I’m not sure whether this is part of one of these commissions or if this is a personal piece.Continue reading “Artwork by Zooter, 27 October 2021”
Urban photography in a little village like Águas Boas isn’t like being in a larger city. For a start there are far fewer people, and not everyone gets to photograph a vineyard just up the road from the village centre.
It is a given that graffiti and street art is often a transient artform; existing works may be painted over by either the owners of the structure on which the artwork is found, removed (if it is from a well-known artist such as Banksy, or just painted over by another street/graffiti artist. However, as oftenContinue reading “Lost Art: The destruction of urban graffiti”
Wherever someone has created a barrier or left a bare wall, graffiti artists or taggers have covered it. Many years ago the building behind this fence was demolished, and the owners erected a metal fence before the land was redeveloped. However, nothing was ever done and the fence, tagged long ago by some forgotten artist,Continue reading “Aveiro: The Metal Fence, 13 October 2021”
Trains have long been a target for tagging, and the station is no exception.
In the centre of the city there’s an alley that used to be lined with derelict buildings. On one side was a wall of street art from a long-forgotten festival, while on the other the buildings were being renovated. I imagined that since then the art was long gone. But no, it seems to haveContinue reading “Aveiro: The Alley, 13 October 2021”
The road to the Yacht Club passes under the A25, the main road that runs from the coast at Barra all the way to Spain. Underneath the road, an area has been paved over as a car park. Inevitably graffiti artists have left their mark.
Just outside the city, the Aveiro Yacht Club is a dockyard and marina for boats from Aveiro and beyond. Once a bustling area, the land around the Club is now largely derelict and has become a haven for graffiti artists.
Political street art is common in Aveiro, whether these are vintage works from before the turn of the twenty-first century or modern messages about voting in the last general election. It is quite popular in recent years for activists from political parties to prepare stencils of their message and spray these on walls around theContinue reading “Stencil Street Art in Aveiro, 13 October 2021”
It’s been a long time since we were last in Aveiro and it was an opportunity to check up on some old favourites and new work.
A rusty hydrant.
Urban photography, An intermittent series of water towers from towns and cities in Portugal. Here is the water tower from Oiã.
A long-awaited opportunity to get out of the house for some urban photography.