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Tree of knowledge

It’s Friday, and time for a flashback to an old Travel with Intent post. Let’s pop back to a 2018 post about some old street art, created in 2014 as part of a project to celebrate the writings of some Portuguese women writers.


Originally posted March 26, 2018, all images Lisbon, May 2017.
Updated 26 March, 2021

This wordy and watery tree is the work of Portuguese street artist João Maurício, aka Violant. It was painted as part of the 2014 Passeio Literário da Graça project that celebrates the works of a number of Portuguese women writers.

This piece depicts a tree-come-book on which we see some verses by Florbela Espana (1894 – 1930), a Portuguese poet know for her erotic and feminist literary history. It was painted on a wall close to the street where the author once lived. Violant named his mural Brainstorm, but it became better known locally as Tree of Knowledge.

Sadly, this lovely mural is no longer there, but some of the other pieces from the literary project are, including a tribute to Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen



Copyright Debbie Smyth

Posted as part of Fandango’s Flashback Friday

9 replies »

  1. Wow! This is a celebratory tree indeed! It is too bad that it is no longer there – the oftentimes transciemce of street art.

    Tried to click on the “tribute to Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen” link, but it didn’t bring me to the right place?


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