Lisbon was sleeping while some of the new urban artists and graffiti artists were painting and drawing over vacant buildings in town. The Crono project in Avenida Fontes Pereira de Melo is hard to overlook. Even when travelling from the airport to the city center you’ll pass an entire block adorned with great street art murals from major names. You won’t miss it!
Here you have one of the best works of Blu SAM3 (an Italian and Spanish duo) and Gémeos (Brazilian twin brothers). The intervention was set in separated buildings in one of the main avenues of Lisbon, and it was a collaboration between these artists for the Crono Festival, back in 2011. These abandoned buildings are blank canvas for the artists and they are bringing color to Lisbon. Lisbon has many vacant buildings with bricked-up windows and trees that are growing inside, hopefully they are either restored or transformed into open art displays.
Aside from the scale of the artwork, the view from a distance is amazing. Check the graffiti from the other side of the avenue and admire the old fat guy drinking all the natural resources from our planet in a corporate street art attack. Don’t forget to explore the quarter for more hidden street art in the electrical boxes and the recycled glass urban containers. Have fun and find out for yourself why Lisbon is now a top destination for street art fans!