The new mural was painted in the Torre neighbourhood, built in the 1960’s and originally designed as a suburb to relocate fishermen and their families that inhabited the center of the village. Today it has more than 30 buildings, but many of it’s original inhabitants and families still live there. According to Add Fuel, the fishermen wives or “varinas” (hence the title of the mural) used to sell fresh fish brought home by their husbands there. The new piece makes therefore allusion, not only to these women, but also an old and unfortunately dying Portuguese tradition.
Curiously, and shortly after he had already started painting the mural, Add Fuel was told that around forty years ago there was a varina called Helena that used to sell fish in this exact place. A tribute to Helena and all the varinas.
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Founder and editor of Urbanite. Street Art lover who after the finishing her MA thesis on the muralist movement in the 1920-50s, developed a fascination for street art and graffiti that eventually led to collaborations with different art blogs, including the creation of this one.