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. 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 Eclipse’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.
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