Celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the classification of the historic center of Porto as Unesco World Heritage site, the Portuguese architecture studio FAHR 021.3 has created the large-scale spherical installation Eclipse that temporarily shifts the center of the city square towards its gravitational pull.
Eclipse will be showcased at Largo Amor de Perdição Square until May 2017. The installation stands in an off-center position, encouraging passers-by to rethink the square from a different perspective. It breaks the surrounding architecture’s quiet historic elegance with a bold statement of sheer size and colorful disruption. This unexpected contrast establishes a daring relationship between the installation and its surroundings, thus inviting people to stop and appreciate the location from another viewpoint.
The six-meter sphere is constructed using ventilation ducts that create a visual dialogue between undulating lines and empty spaces. The striking color and spherical shape stand out in the distance, whereas the metallic texture and modular structure are revealed when approaching the piece. Furthermore, each tube allows people to peek and discover another point of view of the historical surroundings, again inviting us to stop and consider new perspectives of a familiar site. The piece introduces a dynamic with the urban context, an aspect that was explored in a sound performance that highlighted installation’s uncanny qualities with material sounds.
During the day the installation reflects and spreads daylight over the square, softening its effects as the evening approaches, but it is at night that Eclipse fully lives up to its name when a spotlight illuminates one of its sides and keeps the opposite in darkness.
LIGHT DESIGN: FAHR 021.3
MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN: João Bento Soares
LIGHT SUPPORT: Flymedia
CONSTRUCTION: Fernando Moreira da Silva & Filhos
PHOTOGRAPHY: Fernando Guerra (FG+SG)
VIDEO: Patrícia Viana Almeida
VIDEO MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN: João Bento Soares
PROMOTER: Porto Lazer
SUPPORT: Centro Português de Fotografia and Bombeiros Porto Sapadores
CO-FINANCING: Norte 2020, Portugal 2020 and União Europeia – Fundo Europeu de Desenvolvimento Regional