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Urban art – Amadora

Instead of banning street art Amadora embraced it. Nowadays you can find comics heroes and comics covers portrayed in buildings or walls, scattered in the most unlikely places.
A futuristic landscape by Odeith
(image from http://geoportal.cm-amadora.pt/graffiti/Arte_Urbana/index.html )

Urban art is often seen as vandalism or destruction of private property. Amadora, a portuguese city, contradicts this idea. With the support of the city hall, Urban Art is used to refresh the suburbs. It gives a new face to old and abandoned buildings and improves the usual one colour visual of younger structures. By embracing Graffiti the city sends a message of acceptance and legitimization to his artists.

Add fuel used a traditional tiles pattern to develop this Graffiti.
(image from http://geoportal.cm-amadora.pt/graffiti/Arte_Urbana/index.html )

But why talk about Amadora? Well, it is the city where occurs Amadora BD every year since 1989. Amadora BD is an international comics event that has the support of the city hall. In addition, the city has several low income neighborhoods where random Graffiti would appear. Instead of banning street art Amadora embraced it. Nowadays you can find comics heroes and comics covers portrayed in buildings or walls, scattered in the most unlikely places.

Columbia Tristar Warner wanted to celebrate the release of a new Smurf movie. With the help of a local cultural association, several houses were painted by Utopia63 e Odeith. The owners of the houses approved and the population helped in the preparations.
(image from https://sol.sapo.pt/artigo/78398/parabens-ao-pai-dos-smurfs-na-cova-da-moura)

This transition has become more evident since a contest in 2010 sponsored by Estradas de Portugal (portuguese company responsible road and rail infrastructures) and Amadora’s city hall, where several Graffiti appeared in prominent places, exposed to anyone entering or exiting the city. Later on, in 2014, several new paintings were made, allusive to the international comics festival and involving known comics artist. You can check the oficial list of Graffiti in the city hall website.

Since then, more Graffiti appeared, by several artists, all along Amadora. There is a great array of themes but the majority will fall into fiction characters, futuristic panels and portuguese historical personalities. Amongst these artist, Odeith is the one with more Graffiti art displays. He is especially known for his special abilities with perspective and shading. His draws are often perceived as tri-dimensional.

Painting on more than one surface Odeith creates a feeling of floating objects, insects and most of all, 3D letters. When viewed trough a camera from a defined place, seems like the illusion pops out the wall and comes alive.
(description and image from Odeith’s official page – https://www.odeith.com/)

One of the Graffiti projects used comics references to paint the city

More recently the project Conversas na Rua honored several portuguese historical personalities.

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