Happily surrounded

We think something went amiss, or she had a head cold. One of the two classic sculptural fountains in the small pool in Porto’s Crystal Palace Garden wasn’t spraying water as intended. Instead, a slow drip-drip-drip of water over the lovely chiseled face left a huge drop hanging off the end of her nose.

Dripping water left a green patina on the figure. The whole effect certainly caught our attention.

Dripping water left a green patina on the figure. The whole effect certainly caught our attention.

Would we have taken the time to notice this before our long trip? We recognize now that we’re happier when surrounded by art, beauty and a touch of whimsy. (Who isn’t?) On our travels, we’ve enjoyed what we might have ignored in the past.

Who could have missed this? An every day gardening tool blown up to mammoth scale, painted in a delicious color, and perfectly set at the entrance to the Serralves Park.

visit to Serralves Contemporary Art Museum and Gardens

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, “Plantoir”, 2011

We’ve enjoyed the art and sculpture that we’ve seen, but in Portugal, we’ve started paying more attention to street art.

An abandoned classic doorway, missing a block, became a palette.

An abandoned classic doorway, missing a block, became a palette.

We loved the blue, cheery face that we only noticed when motoring by in a boat.

We loved the blue, cheery face that we only noticed when motoring by in a boat.

Two concrete balls to stop traffic presented an other-worldly inspiration.

Two concrete balls to stop traffic presented an other-worldly inspiration.

We strolled down an old street in Guimaraes and stopped to admire this tiny storefront.

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One would think that this aesthetic is limited to small, independent, design-oriented retailers. Imagine our surprise when we popped into McDonald’s, known for its golden arches.

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Art won’t solve the problems of the world, but wouldn’t life be just a little better, if we could replace golden arches with art-inspired interiors and cover boarded up storefronts with art? For now, we’re happily surrounded by art in Porto.

 

September 2014

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Beth and Joe enjoy simple travel.
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2 Responses to Happily surrounded

  1. icelandpenny says:

    This is terrific! I especially love street art that incorporates some existing 3D feature

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