870 Ellice Avenue - "Windows into Portugal"
"Windows into Portugal" (2009) was created by Allison Penner Harder and 29 youth painters.
You will see traditional Portuguese scenes. The azulejos are hand-painted tiles. Brown terracotta tiles are used for roofs. Windows 1 and 2 feature a farmer and a woman carrying a bucket of sardines; both are dressed in traditional clothes. In window 3, there are a soccer player and the Belém Tower. This monument was part of a defence system at the mouth of the Tagus river as well as a ceremonial gateway to Lisbon.
The smaller windows feature the Monument of Discovery, an outline of mainland Portugal, an anchor, and the Rooster of Barcelos, one of the most famous emblems of Portugal. The soccer scene above them also has people picking up grapes that are used to make port wine. The players' jerseys bear the names of some of the kids who worked on the wall.
I don't know about you, but I find this mural beautiful. So much thinking went into it!
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