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The Diva

Updated: Jan 24, 2021

-Vhils’s latest public commission is a unique piece created in Portuguese traditional-style pavement that pays tribute to the late Fado diva Amália Rodrigues (1920-1999). Located in Lisbon’s city centre, the piece titled “Calçada” (pavement) is a collaboration with the city council’s team of paviours. Evoking Fado – the quintessential Portuguese urban music genre – and the city of Lisbon which Amália sung so well, it is also a tribute to the paviours themselves as the city’s oldest urban artists responsible for developing a singular decorative art which has become part of Lisbon’s and Portugal’s visual identity.

-From Beijing to Beverly Hills, there are millions of dangling shoes on power lines, telephone wires, trees and other places. But what do all of these suspended sneakers mean? Much to some people’s dismay, there’s no general consensus on the origin of hanging shoes, because there’s actually more than one answer as to what shoes on power lines means.

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