When something really sad happens, a Portuguese saying states that “it gets tears flowing from cobblestones on the pavement”. It makes sense to refer to this since our feature today focuses on a beautiful artwork made of cobblestone and created to pay a tribute to the greatest Portuguese “fado” singer, Amália Rodrigues (July 1, 1920 – October 6, 1999).
Alexandre Farto, also a Portuguese artist commonly known as Vhils and internationally renowned for his street art works, designed a stunning depiction of Amália’s face, which was meant to be crafted in the typically Portuguese cobblestone work made of basalt and limestone which decorates most of Lisbon’s sidewalks.
Vhils’s portrait of Amália, unveiled on July 2nd last, will be featured as the cover photo of an album to be released with Amália’s greatest hits performed by “fado” singers belonging to the youngest generation.
In fact, we may say that, on a rainy day, “tears will be flowing down the cobblestones “of Amália’s eyes.