Tuesday, May 3, 2011

A Bit of Portugal in the Subway


This artwork of traditional Portuguese design in ceramic tiles was installed in the Queen's Park subway station in 2003 in recognition of the "50th Anniversary of Portuguese Emigration to Canada (1953 to 2003)". Designed by artist Ana Vilela, it was manufactured in Lisbon. Toronto, the most ethnically diverse city in the world, has the most extensive Portuguese population in North America.

13 comments:

LĂșcia said...

We have many ceramic here too (but not a beautiful artwork like this in some subway station), Brazil was colonized by Portugal.
I didn't know that there is an extensive Portuguese population in North America.
We could try some words in Portuguese next time. ;-)

Julie said...

How do you calculate that Toronto is the most ethnicaly diverse city in the world?

RedPat said...

Julie - I don't know how they do it but the United Nations has designated it this way many times in a row.

EG Wow said...

Cool mosaic! I wonder why so many Portuguese settle in Toronto. Hmmm.

Regina K said...

How nice to find wonderful mosaic artwork in a subway station!

Jack said...

Were the Portuguese women topless like the horn blowers when they emigrated?

Sharon said...

Beautiful tile work. Any good Portuguese restaurants in town? I bet there is.

Randy said...

That really is a nice piece of work.

Halcyon said...

Very cool! I love that type of Portuguese tile.

llandudnopictures said...

How beautiful! It reminds me of toile de jouy.

{Liz} said...

nice!

Kitty said...

really intricate work! I can only imagine how much time went into this.

JM said...

I'm quite surprised, didn't expect this! :-)