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After investing in buildings on the historic Rua do Loureiro, in Porto, which were temporarily walled up due to sanitary security and municipal guidelines, Lionesa Group began the intervention to rehabilitate the building on Rua do Loureiro, opening the street to the city through the Art for Art movement, in partnership with the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto (FBAUP). At stake was an initiative that sought to restore the identity and accent to this artery, bringing five artistic interventions to Loureiro, by Visual Arts students. These interventions will be on display until September, inviting you to take a tour of one of the most emblematic areas of Invicta.


Taking the side stairs of São Bento station, one enter Rua Loureiro and soon come across the first artistic intervention, “Transformation”. By Rafael Alves, this intervention aims to think about how spaces are changing, in a dialog with materials and their temporality, where objects previously forgotten are recovered and returned to the community through art, as intended with Rua do Loureiro itself.

Going along the street, one will reach the second intervention, “Who tells a Point, adds a Tale”, which aims to highlight the condition of fact and myth, where both collaborate in the definition of attention and media coverage, appealing to reflection. Centered on the hypothetical formulation of a local myth, related to the area of Rua do Loureiro and the former Monastery, nowadays São Bento Station, artwork interpreted in the legend of the effigy of São Bento. Based on facts that may or may not have occurred in a street as famous and as full of secrets as Rua do Loureiro. But what is the truth? Is there really an effigy? Where has it been kept all this time? Will Porto residents be able to meet it in the city's new cultural district?

Under the green and pink tones one can see the next building, which has the intervention “Ilusional reality” presents a paradox between what we are seeing and the difficulty of our brain to process the information. An interactive work that uses the material and the location to capture the attention of those passing by on the street. Two colors, dispersed over the wavy surface of the plates, divided by the curvature of the undulations, configuring a strong optical effect. Seen in one direction, the pink stands out, and in the opposite direction, the green overlaps. When looked at head-on, the complementarity of the two colors produces a rather disconcerting optical effect as our eyes cannot stabilize their focus, creating a reaction of discomfort and fascination.

Both works were created by students Ana Cardoso, Ana Leça, Ana Margarida Silva, Antónia Spengler, Clara Ginoulhac, Filipa Moreno and Mariana Maia Rocha.

Continuing walking upwards along the multicultural street to see “Indian Rose”, a flower that symbolizes the meeting of different cultures and that carries India in its name, despite being originally from Mexico. It is found in many different places around the world, including the streets of the city of Porto, and the painting of this mural on Rua do Loureiro is the artistic embodiment of this multicultural meeting point. Its author is Mura. 

In the building after is found “Significant Form”, uthored by Inês Amorim which ends this route. Here it's represented the idea of a possible echo of the world, formalizing in the street a privileged place of observation and listening. The "echo" of Rua do Loureiro is a metaphor for the circulation of knowledge, questioning and restlessness where the symbiosis of the industrial and the material becomes the basis of a constant dialog with people and the surrounding space. It plays with the question of "un-bricking", with the door that will open or close according to the perspective of the people who go up or down the street.


The Art for Art movement, created by Lionesa Group, has provided over the last few months a real outdoor art gallery, fully open to visitors and locals at Rua do Loureiro. The initiative immediately intended to transform and “open” the walled buildings to people and the city, restoring them to the life of yesteryear and making the street a place for sharing knowledge and culture.

These works will be on display until September, when they will give way to the requalification works of the buildings.



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The #artepelaarte movement aims to encourage the use of art as an engine of regeneration. To this end, a filter was created on Instagram, with the purpose of being used to photograph degraded and forgotten spaces or arteries in cities with the aim of awakening the community to these problems. An invitation to stop the oblivion of the spaces and historic streets of cities often left to abandonment and degradation giving them a new life, intervening with art. Through the filter created for this purpose and the hashtag #artepelaarte anyone can join the movement. 

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