Eclipse Installation in Porto by Fahr 021.3; urdesignmag

Portugal – Historic Centre of Oporto, Luiz I Bridge and Monastery of Serra do Pilar

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the classification of the historic centre of Porto as a Unesco World Heritage site, local collaborative art and architecture practice Fahr 021.3 has conceived Eclipse, a spherical installation that temporarily shifts the centre of the city square towards its gravitational pull.

Eclipse stands in an off-centre position which encourages passers-by to rethink the Amor de Perdição Square from a different perspective. It breaks the surrounding architecture’s quiet historic elegance with a strong statement of sheer size and colourful disruption. The six meter diameter sphere is constructed using ventilation ducts that create a visual dialogue between undulating lines and empty spaces.

The colour and spherical shape stands out in the distance, whereas the metallic texture and modular structure are revealed when approaching the piece.

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