Strolling through the concrete sprawl of São Paulo, the rhythmic drum of feet hitting the ground can be heard as this playful people-powered camper van approaches. Dubbed Projeto Kombi, the eco-conscious art installation is made from a wooden frame encased by large sections of cardboard that are simply and realistically painted, and constructed in life-sized proportions. Designed by São Paulo-based ‘ocupeacidade’, the papercraft VW is a self-proclaimed “urban intervention” amidst the polluted and traffic-laden streets of the city.
The cardboard structure can hold four passengers who, with the amusing charm of the Flintstones, take to their feet and run along the concrete roads. Attracting attention across the city, the combi causes children to stop and peer at the sight of feet beneath the structure, while onlookers hang over their balconies to take a second look.
In a country progressing swiftly with green initiatives, the cardboard installation offers a creative and light-hearted take on heavy environmental topics. The mobile sculpture encourages environmental consciousness by making a subtle critique of car culture.
Brazil’s foremost ‘eco-friendly’ city, Curitaba, is a traffic-free metropolis – the center of Sao Paulo is in drastic need of re-modelling. In a similar manner to artist Don Lucho’s cardboard worlds Projeto Kombi offers a traffic stopping alternative to the usual peaceful protest.
Photos © Ocupeacidade