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Views of Confinement XII

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The palace South of our building was donated long time a go to a religious order for the purpose of being a nursing home. Since 2002, at least, a great part of the palace was not used. In the other end, in the main front garden, a modern building was built and that is where a women-only nursing home is operating. Recently, the whole building went through a extensive and complete renovation in order to triple the nursing home’s capacity, starting to accommodate men and even couples. And it stayed like that for a year or so, empty, waiting to be equipped and furbished… And now, like the white building in the front, stands as an empty green and crème carcass. A haunted monument to nursing homes and their sad leading role in this crisis.

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Views of Confinement XI

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Our building was designed to match another similar building to the South. However, it is contiguous to a much older palace with a relatively large backyard. Therefore, sun bathes our South patio and lateral façade blissfully in the winter, quite relentlessly in the summer.  Strangely, here, our modest laundry ropes are seldom used. Downstairs’ neighbors protect themselves from sun and feline intrusions.

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Looking up it is amazing how fast the clouds move when you have a steady small frame. Also, how bright a gloomy sky can be compared with the lower levels of the building.

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Views of Confinement IX

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The building inner guts. Now and then toilet flushes cascade resounding down the pipes. In the small patios only rain forest plants manage to strive on under the dim light.

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Views of Confinement VIII

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The view to southeast. Lisbon, once a city of palm trees became a city of cranes. Construction works are now open for business. Farewell bird singing monopoly…

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Inside, looking outside, the apartment looks at itself. Windows face windows. To Southeast, a neighbor’s garden offers a wider view.

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Views of Confinement VI

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Down the road, towards South, we can see a little triangle of river. Here, highly enhanced, Tejo’s small bit is signaled by an arrow on the left.

Poring rain in the morning some patches of sun in the afternoon, so I was able to sketch this in the same balcony as yesterday.

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Views of Confinement V

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This strange apartment building, just in front of us, that looks like a stranded project for Algarve, belongs to an insurance company. Sewing its incongruent relation with the street fabric, it shows a faux aqueduct, a reminder of happier post-modern times. Not long ago (a year or so) with the pretext of major conservation works, all the tenants had to move. The company even pays new rents in new locations. For some months, it was inhabited by two security guards. Now, not even by them. In these troubled times, a little group of homeless men found shelter in the lower passageways. They roam the parking machines for lost change and seat contemplative in the nearby Jardim das Amoreiras slurping packages of red wine. The building politely ignores them as we all do. This enormous empty white carcass that was waiting probably for a renaissance surfing the booming tourism economy, possess now a ghost-like quality, an inverse metaphor of our confinement times.

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Confinement views IV

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Easter Sunday. Sun is back.

Dismayed cars longing for past vacations.

A man in a mask asks a question to his dog that it will never be able to answer:

“What did I just tell you?… What did I just tell you, huh?”

 

 

 

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Confinement Views III

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Still Saturday 11. A view from another window.

The clumsily elegant palace in the picture is nowadays an office building — locked now. Few people stayed in the apartment building in front. The infamous Airbnb apartment right on our face, where so many stag and bachelorette parties gathered not long ago, is now mercifully quiet. A solitary man heads to Jardim das Amoreiras. No haste at all.