VHILS // Scratching the surface project

VHILS // Scratching the surface project




Rue Leopold 27, 1000 Brussels

Date of completion


1000 Brussel

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This piece is the work of internationally renowned Portuguese artist Vhils. For several years, he has been developing a unique artistic practice. Using various tools (jackhammer, chisel, stonecutter’s hammer, explosive, acid, etc.), Vhils etches walls to reveal gigantic portraits. Here, the work incorporates subtle nods to Portugal’s Carnation Revolution, a movement that peacefully defended freedom and democracy on April 25, 1974. We can see a carnation flower inscribed in the composition. Through this mural, Vhils suggests that we reflect on the values that guided this peaceful revolution: dialogue and collaboration to build a more inclusive society.

This project was produced in partnership with the Portuguese Embassy in Brussels and VisitPortugal.

With the support of