This art installation, named Le miroir de l’eau, placed across from Place de la Bourse and designed by landscape artist Michel Corajoud is composed of about 2 cm of water which alternates in depth and rhythm, creating beautiful reflections of the heavens, the architecture and the children whom run around as if they are walking on clouds. I’m pretty sure the pictures on my Leica are muchhhh better… when I get home.
Mosteiro de Alcobaca is a world Heritage Unesco site, and it is a an architectural wonder filled with a mystical feeling that is exuded from every carved detail on stone. It holds the tombs of D.Pedro and D. Ines de Castro, ( the greatest love story ever) which I explained here. Whenever I am around the area I always go back to feel this unique wonder. Here are some pictures.
Moroccan architecture is known for their vivid and colourful design. But what do they mean? After some research I found that: The Blue represents Sky, Heaven, Water and Protection; The White represents cleanness, good luck, beauty and femininity. Red is female, sexuality, fertility, childbirth and also relates to a happy marriage. Green relates with the Muslim interpretation of heaven (a green oasis), and lastly Yellow relates to gold, wealth, sun and protection. The colour symbolism of each is not very different from our own colour symbolisms. However, when we observe these colourful and beautiful tiles, combining these colours in unique ways, it is important to remember what they mean and the complex message that they really convey.
Fundação Champalimaud, which is a Scientific Research Centre doing amazing research, is also a fantastic place to walk around and contemplate. The architecture creates a sort of contemplation moment, in between two large tall concrete pillars that seem to one up a gate into another dimension (a gate into paradise?). I love coming here, specially at sunset. The colours and the river become so beautiful. Here are a few pictures that, to say the truth, to the experience very little justice.
Another architectural wonder by Siza Vieira, Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, is a gorgeous little gem which is in perfect sync with the landscape around it. It is not only beautifully integrated into the sharp rocks and to the endless horizon, but also into the stillness and peace of the setting. Here are some pictures.
I have been to Serralves (in Porto) so many times, and still, every single time I am there, I find that the architecture changes a little, and the setting is always somewhat different. It always surprises me. One would think that there is only so much that white walls can reflect or enhance, but it is not so: the colours of the leafs, the shades of green, the soft blues in the sky… it is always so different. This time, it was early morning and very cold, which sort of made the light reflect in intense ways: enhancing colours, subduing the whiteness, accentuating the sharp lines of the building and making it all somewhat ethereal. The exhibitions there were: one on Portuguese contemporary artists (pictures below) and the other on Miró. Here are some of the pictures I took that I love.