A hug is a wonderful thing, it communicates support, security, affection, unity, and belonging, but can a wall be a hug? That was the idea behind ADD FUEL’s new mural in Lisbon.
The mural entitled ‘Amplexo’, means hug and embrace, and inspired by the wonderful work of Casa Pia de Lisboa. A wall built not to separate, but to protect and shelter.
Thought to embrace, this wall has the metaphorical shape of a hug, with arms that create space within. Its unfinished look is the artistic interpretation of the institution’s never-ending work caring for children and young people for 240 years.
The drawings represent the interests of the young students as well as the mission and values of the institution. Education, professional training, digital technology, sports and music inspired the shapes, creatures and patterns that now get the attention of the most attentive. As an “amplexo” is the easiest way of showing affection, this work is the artist’s way of embracing the cause and the children in this institution.
The commemorative installation was opened on July 3, the date of the 240th anniversary of Casa Pia de Lisboa, as a way to celebrate and offer to the whole community and, in particular, to the city of Lisbon, a contemporary work of art to sum up the spirit of the house in the present and future
The mural was produced in collaboration with RUGO Factory.
Photo credit Add Fuel