“Calçada” (Portrait of Amália Rodrigues), Lisbon, Portugal

Calçada (Portrait of Amália Rodrigues), 2015June 2015

Collab with Lisbon municipal paviours | Photo: Bruno Lopes

Vhils’s latest public commission is a unique piece created in Portuguese traditional-style pavement that pays tribute to the late Fado diva Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999). Located in Lisbon’s city centre, the piece titled “Calçada” (pavement) is a collaboration with the city council’s team of paviours. Evoking Fado – the quintessential Portuguese urban music genre – and the city of Lisbon which Amália sung so well, it is also a tribute to the paviours themselves as the city’s oldest urban artists responsible for developing a singular decorative art which has become part of Lisbon’s and Portugal’s visual identity.

A big thank you to Jorge Duarte, Nuno Serra, Carlos da Conceição, José António Cunha, Mário José Costa, Nuno José Santos, José António Rodrigues, Victor Nunes and Isabel Polónia (coordinator).

Calçada (Portrait of Amália Rodrigues), 2015June 2015

Collab with Lisbon municipal paviours | Photo: Bruno Lopes