Somewhere in Lisbon, Portugal there is an unprecedented literary work of art on display along the banks of the Tagus River. There lies a bicycle lane with poetry printed on the asphalt. An excerpt from the poem “The Keeper of Sheep” penned by Fernando Pessoa is the thought-provoking poem painted on the lane in large bold letters.
I never kept sheep,
But it is as I did watch over them.
My soul is like a shepherd,
Knows the wind and the sun,
And goes hand in hand with the Seasons
Cyclists who love to ride along the river banks alone or in a group, now have a poem to keep them company. This refreshing idea makes you ponder on life experiences and more as you ride your bike. It also adds a modern take to the panoramic view of the river.
An excellent concept on making art and exercise converge, this is a wonderful addition to the Slow Bicycle Movement. It promotes the idea that it is all about the journey and not necessarily, the destination.