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The hammers that make up the carousel’s exterior are a traditional component of the biggest annual party in the city, the Festa de São João do Porto (St. John’s Festival of Porto). Each year, the midsummer festival invites celebrants to hit one another on the head with the colorful plastic mallets (among other peculiar activities). Using hundreds of those same hammers in the carousel elevates the playful tradition to new heights, infusing a whisper of modern art as well.

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Visitors can climb right inside the GiRA carousel and manually work a swivel mechanism to spin the whole structure, much like a child’s merry-go-round. Once spinning at full clip, the carousel’s colorful exterior becomes a psychedelic blur. MAARQA’s play on the recognizable plastic hammers was meant to inspire revelry and enhance the festivities of the celebration, and it’s safe to say the GiRA carousel accomplished that goal and more.

+ Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte

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Images via Carlos Lobão