Dawn Starin, Generously Good Graffiti, The Solutions Journal, Volume 6, Issue 6, December 2015, Pages 31-35 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/generously-good-graffiti/) Abstract: Our urge to create graffiti has probably been around since the beginning of humankind. Certainly in Portugal, it has been around for tens of thousands of years. At the Prehistoric Rock Art Sites in the Côa Valley on the banks of a tributary of the river Douro, hundreds of panels of graffiti depicting thousands of animal figures were carved over several millennia. Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1998, this site represents "the most remarkable open-air ensemble of Palaeolithic art on the Iberian Peninsula."1 And now a modern take on this millennia-old art form thrives in another UNESCO designated, Portuguese world heritage site—the fascinating riverside, seaside city of Porto. Here, on the banks of the Douro River, architectural gems rest side by side with bold contemporary graffiti to create a marvelous mélange of creativity. Dawn Starin Porto, Portugal's second largest city, is a patchwork quilt of lofty bell towers, Romanesque, gothic, rococo, and … Topics: Arts; Community