The Azores is a group of 9 beautiful islands off the coast of Portugal known for lush landscapes, excellent food and endless outdoor activities. What you may not know about the Azores is that the people are very artistic and celebrate art in many ways. Yearly the city of Ponta Delgada has a street art festival, where artists from around the world come to create street art throughout the city. The Walk and Talk Urban Art Festival transforms buildings, houses and even benches into works of art. We found some of the art from past festivals. The city became a treasure hunt for us, each road had a hidden gem waiting. We hope you enjoy the extraordinary street art of the Azores as much as we did.
Amazing Street Art- Whales
The whaling industry was a big part of Azorean livelihood into the 1980’s and now the whales are cherished and part of their tourism. The Azores is home to more than a third of the whale and dolphin population. It is no wonder whales were a common theme in the street art of Sao Miguel.
Extraordinary Street Art
Some street art was unlike anything I had ever seen, the piece below is etched into the building. I had never seen anything like this before. Later I learned more about this piece and the artist Alexandre Farto or Vhils. Read about how he created this piece and see his other works on the links included.
The Azores didn’t need to give us another reason to fall in love with them but they did with all this amazing street art! These islands have a way of making the ordinary absolutely extraordinary! From simple meals of fish and chips that were unlike anything we have had before to sidewalks with intricate designs, again and again, the Azores impressed us. The street art was distinctive of the culture on the islands- make the ordinary extraordinary.
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