In the Nossa Senhora da Glória street, in the heart of Graça neighborhood, there is a new piece called “ADAPTA” – meaning adapt. By the authorship of the national artist known by Add Fuel, the piece is inspired by the traditional Portuguese tiles, occupies an entire lateral of a building and is part of a public street art program by the Underdogs Gallery.

This year, we have had ample time to reflect and, inevitably, adapt to changes. 2020 will always be the year we returned to our homes, our neighbourhoods, our families, to all that is essential. To discover within ourselves the resilience and courage to face the unknown. I wanted this intervention in the traditional Graça neighbourhood to adapt to its surrounding space, create a transition from old to new, from blue to its neighbouring green, and create new patterns based on the existing tiles in order to achieve harmony between the two buildings. This because the mural results from a reflection on our individual abilities to adapt to our environments and realities, and to do so as a community, so that we can once again find some harmony. This work is about the way in which each of us, through our attempt to remain happy in the midst of adversity and the unknown, adapts (ADAPTA)“, wrote the artist on his Instagram post about the project.

The artist is globally recognized, characterized by his amazing work using the Portuguese tiles as a common pattern of his murals across the world, in cities like Miami and Paris. Diogo Machado – the man behind Add Fuel – started his career as a designer and illustrator, and only later moved to street art, inspired by his home country’s heritage.

The famous artist Vhils also shared the post of his friend’s most recent work on Instagram: “My good friend @addfuel has just finished a new mural in Lisbon as part of the @underdogs_gallery Public Art Programme. It is called ADAPTA and relates to the effects of all of the hardships and challenges we have been facing this year. You can find it in the Graça neighbourhood, right next to where I did my collaboration mural with @obeygiant back in 2017!⁠”.

Add Fuel

Rua da Senhora da Glória, nº79