GiRA is a temporary installation that aims to create not only a new staging space in the city but also an urban landmark of a color sphere created with the traditional S.João hammers — this design reinforces the symbolic meaning and importance of this annual event in Oporto (St.John’s Festivities).


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The swivel mechanism intends to enable its appropriation and ownership. Consequently, the object can rotate manually due to a collective action and brings back the idea of play in the city. GiRA was the winning Installation, 5th Edition of “Martelinhos de S.João 2016” Competition; Category “Public Space Intervention”.

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Credits: architects: Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte | team: Miguel Costa + Meireles de Pinho | location: Largo de S.Domingos, Porto, Portugal | date: Junho 2016 | photography: Carlos Lobão.