6 installations to celebrate the heritage

The project ALUMIA was created to bring a new light into the Historic Centre of Porto and celebrate its 20th anniversary as World Heritage.

Between December 2016 and June 2017, Porto Lazer will bring more life to the city centre with a set of cultural activities that explore the topic of light and its relationship with the public space.

ALUMIA’s first moment will start on December 5h and coincides with the celebration of the 20th anniversary of UNESCO’s classification as World Heritage. On that day six light installations will be inaugurated. They result from the invitation to artists and collectives and were created intentionally for each place, on a work of intervention and dialogue with the heritage.

In this itinerary you will find the location and a brief description of each piece. When the night comes, let the light enlighten your way and discover the Historic Centre as you have never seen it before.




Authoring: Openfield
Place: Cordoaria Garden

Kaleidotree uses the kaleidoscope effect to transform light through its break, thus creating a fantasy environment. The outcome is broken, scattered light programmed with changeable intensities, times and temperatures. This object blends into the trees of Cordoaria Garden as a piece of “fruit” that transforms itself in the evening and enlightens the garden with magic. This is an invitation to night time experience that awakens the imagery linked to our childhood.

Authoring: FAHR 021.3
Place: Amor de Perdição Square

Eclipse shows itself as a strange object that interferes with the spatial Reading of Amor de Perdição Square. The way the tubular structures overlap allows reaching various perspectives on light through the sphere it presents and its texture, thus setting a new experience on the public space. During daytime, Eclipse takes advantage of the daylight, and in the evening it reaches for the scattered, artificial light that surrounds the city.

Authoring: Tiago Casanova
Place: Clérigos

Every Wall is a Statement draws on the context of the now vanished built heritage, the place it stood, acknowledging Fernandina Wall, which bordered until 1787 the Clérigos area. The use of tile comes from its relationship with the elements that constitute and identify the city. We aim for an experience that is more introspective than physical, although the wall contiguous to the ancient one, at the square adjacent to the Tower, creates a certain visual barrier that evokes reflection over freedom and timeless building of social and economic walls.

Authoring: Diogo Aguiar Studio
Place: Lóios Square

Start explores the urban scale and new frameworks over the buildings at Lóios Square. This piece is simultaneously abstract and figurative and it results from the geometrical subdivision of an icosahedron into twenty equal parts. During daytime Start takes advantage of the design in motion of the shadows projected by the twelve limbs intersected by sunlight. During the night it reaches for white and still artificial light to represent a frozen and fractal landscape.

Authoring: Isabel Barbas + Cooperativa Árvore
Place: São Bento Railway Station

Wheels is an installation that relates to the public cosmopolitan space to which it belongs. It relates to the movement, circulation and travelling symbolisms associated to São Bento Railway Station. It enlightens through the reflection of frame lights of the urban space (flashes, car headlights, etc.) and the reflecting bands of the road signs in public road construction. Seven circles of florescent colour celebrate the centenary of the Railway Station.

Authoring: Garcia e Albuquerque
Place: Sé District

Elegy explores Light through circular platforms placed in some of the gables in Sé District. Simplicity and impact are the premises that characterize this installation. The reading of the whole and the visual perception of the district is possible from afar, not only allowing the observation from out of the district, but also including and inviting for a walk through the district.