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Published November 14, 2016

ABOVE: ANDRÉ SARAIVA, 2016, COURTESY OF CÂMARA MUNICIPAL DE LISBOA/MUDE-MUSEU DO DESIGN E DA MODA, COLEÇÃO FRANCISCO CAPELO.

André Saraiva started off small, with a graffiti stick figure called Mr. A that he began leaving on the streets of Paris in the ’90s. His ambitions have since grown—Saraiva is now a world-famous artist and nightlife impresario. However, a new 650-foot-long public wall mural in Lisbon, completed with about 50,000 hand-painted tiles, may be his largest feat to date. Commissioned by MUDE Museum and located at the historic Botto Machado Garden, the mural depicts an interpretation of the city in rich hues, with a certain Mr. A hiding at every turn.