Lisbon’s New Riverfront “Portable Garden”

Cais das Colunas, Lisboa

Lisbon’s Comercio Square will remain closed for renovation over the next few months, but you may still snap a few photos of its triumphal arch, and enjoy its waterfront side. A total of 45 colorful seats have been placed by the river, all with an olive tree standing behind them. It’s the creation of Leonel Moura, a Portuguese artist who’d presented this “Portable Garden” project at the Valencia Biennial before Lisbon’s city hall requested that he place it in the city’s largest square. Alone or in a group, you can now also admire the restored waterfront, which again features historical columns that were removed years ago. You will also get a view of 25 de Abril Bridge as you relax and watch commuters from the city’s suburbs rush to or from the ferries connecting to the south bank of the Tagus.

Cais das Colunas, Lisboa

UPDATE: SINCE THIS REPORT, THE “GARDEN” HAS MOVED. IT’S NOW LOCATED ON THE RIVERFRONT BEHIND CAIS DO SODRÉ STATION.

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