Today we have a look at the new wall by Portuguese mural artist Add Fuel, who likes to peel back the historical layers of a community to reveal traditional tile making patterns as well as new hybrids that he develops. Part of a municipally funded public mural project, much like the Nuart Aberdeen project the artist participated in a few years ago, Add Fuel commandeers a large multi-story building on which to regale the layers.
Add Fuel says the layers and colors are an oblique reference to the social ills fueled by corporate capitalism that we see across Europe and the US today, calling his mural JUNTOS (‘together’). “At a time when words such as racism, indifference and hatred are, unfortunately, increasingly part of everyday life, it is important to be part of the discussion and contribute in some way to change this,” he says.
“In a multicultural city like Amadora, JUNTOS calls for unity in a visual composition of multicultural, aesthetic and chromatic influence, that wants to celebrate the diversity of races, cultures and skin tones that make the world a more beautiful place.”
10 kilometers northwest of central Lisbon, this is a project organized by the Amadora Municipal Câmara, which has plans to annually do this “Conversas na Rua” until the area is well-covered with murals. Should be great for the community, tourism and real estate.