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The Face of Porto

 

When you enter Livraria Lello, in the upper windows on the left, you will find the installation "O Rosto do Porto": an artistic manifestation that celebrates Portugal’s second city through the faces of its people. There are 400 clay busts not only representing famous figures of the city, such as the architect Siza Vieira, the author Richard Zimler and the filmmaker João Botelho, but also anonymous citizens, from the vendors of the traditional Bolhão Market to the students of the Nossa Sr.ª da Esperança College.

The installation, designed and produced by Ester Monteiro, was inaugurated in 2018, and is another tribute from Livraria Lello to Porto, the city that is its own.