Celebrated Portuguese artist Mr. Dheo has completed his newest intervention. Situated in his home town of Oporto, Mr Dheo collaborated with the artist Pariz One to create this new mural.
The mural spans two facades (of 137,5m2 each) at the new student residence Livensa Living Porto Campus built by Temprano Capital Partners. Amazingly the artists carried out this huge intervention using just spray cans.
For the project Mr. Dheo and Pariz One painted the façade of the building with a realism style mural. Transmitting the need for respecting others and promoting equality from a social perspective. Through the incorporation of symbolic elements such as a world map or two hands forming a heart, the artists have unified races, ages and cultures.
The project was co-curated by Sónia da Rocha and José Quintela da Fonseca. Sonia is the director of the Public Art Programme and manager of Sonae Sierra’s Shopping Centres. José Quintela da Fonseca is the architect who designed the student residence.
Quintela da Fonseca stated “Including public art in student residences allows buildings to establish a direct communication with the public. This makes a difference to its anonymous surroundings giving it the opportunity to be remembered”
On the other hand, Da Rocha points out the peculiarity of the project. The area of Asprela in Oporto is a very different district in comparison to the city. Asprela is far away from tourists and mainly inhabited by local families and thousands of students from all over the world: “it is a great opportunity for its inhabitants to have a public artwork of this beauty and category”
With this intervention the artists not only promote a better self-awareness of key values in our civilisation, but they also show the ability of urban art to act as a social catalyst in the public space.
“Mr. Dheo and Pariz One’s work in Asprela is an amazing contribution and reflection for our society. As it talks about tolerance between different cultures and societies. Nowadays the world needs peace and people living in harmony”, adds Da Rocha.