“Lḗthē” by Pastel in Lisbon, Portugal
Argentinian painter Pastel recently worked on a new wall with Underdogs Gallery. The mural entitled “Lḗthē” (Greek term for forgetfulness or hiding) was developed to raise awareness about climate change and environmental sustainability.
The project was based on the survey of the flora in extinction in Portugal, as part of the Public Art Program of Underdogs Gallery in association with the Museum of Natural History of Lisbon and the Botanical Garden of Lisbon. Curated by Vhils and Pauline Foessel.
Francisco Diaz Scotto is a painter and architect (UBA). Far from conventional architecture, he understands public space work as urban acupuncture. Most of the mural contexts are the “non-places”. Those who are relegated from the irregular and non-inclusive urban designs. Many of his works are located in facades that operate as a canvas for his paintings. The main and most complex search is oriented towards creating a dialogue that is natural and respectful of the environment, since the limits of the work are understood between the painted space and its surroundings.
The flora he uses as a reference in his paintings is that which grows in the cracks of sidewalks and facades. These cracks generated by a deficient construction process are reflection of the human need to control space for a rational and autarkic use. Taking these small plants and glorifying them with their change of scale can be a mechanism to question the modern methods we have as a society.
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