Eclipse in Porto

The temporary installation in Porto by Fahr 021.3 uses purple ventilation ducts to create an oversize sphere that encourages to see the square with a different perspective.

Fahr 021.3, Eclipse temporary installation, Porto 2017
The celebratory piece by Fahr 021.3 marks the twentieth anniversary of the classification of the historic centre of Porto as a Unesco World Heritage site. Eclipse is a sphere that temporarily shifts the centre of the city square towards its gravitational pull. 


The installation 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.

until 17 May 2017
Eclipse, Porto, Portugal
Design: Fahr 021.3
Organization: Alumia
Lighting: Flymedia
Engineering: NCREP
Construction: Fernando Moreira da Silva & Filhos
Video: Patrícia Viana Almeida
Sound design: João Bento Soares
Completion: 2017


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