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Posted by portugalpress on December 16, 2015

Electrical boxes in the village of Carvoeiro are being turned into pieces of art as part of an original project headed by Carvoeiro resident Phil Francis, aka Phil da Bife, and his friend and graffiti artist Hélder José, aka Bamby.

The original plan is to paint 55 boxes in the town’s main streets - Rua dos Pescadores and Rua do Barranco - but the idea could be expanded to other streets.

Phil, an apprentice at Tattoo Studium in Carvoeiro, told us he was inspired by a similar project in Porto, where he noticed that the “graffiti decorating electricity boxes had given the streets a new life, they looked ‘cleaner’”.

Bringing the project to life was not too hard, Phil explained. Around a year ago, he presented the idea to the local parish council, who “loved it”, and quickly received the “green light” from electricity supplier EDP.

After agreeing that the theme would be ‘Vida Algarvia’ (Algarvian Life), the artists rolled up their sleeves and got to work. Some of the paintings are also based on stunning photos of Carvoeiro from ‘Ainda, e Sempre, o Mar’, a book by local researcher João Vasco Reis.

“I was a bit concerned that maybe some of the older locals wouldn’t like the idea, but the feedback has been very positive,” Phil told us.

Bamby is also delighted by the success of the initiative. He runs his own company Style Spectrum, specialising in art décor and graphic design, and was also involved in creating the colourful mural near Portimão’s Casa Manuel Teixeira Gomes.

“It is better to have these boxes, which are often used to stick political posters, become works of art for all to admire,” he said.

The boxes can be found along Rua dos Pescadores and Rua do Barranco. Photos of the artwork can also be found on social networks under the hashtag #carvoeiroboxes.

By MICHAEL BRUXO michael.bruxo@algarveresident.com

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