We can think of no better tribute to Andy Warhol than a temporary museum of his work on display for free at a mall in Portugal! Designed by LIKEarchitects, the pop-up space was constructed out of hundreds of metal paint cans that evoke Warhol's own Campbell Soup Cans, and it showcased no fewer than 32 original pieces.
LIKEarchitects was concerned to avoid creating a museum space that follows the whitewashed convention, and opted instead for a subliminal arrangement of four thematic rooms carved out of a maze of 1,500 metal paint cans. Comprised of eight layers, the bottom three of which were filled with sand for stability, the pop-up museum dominated the Colombo Shopping Mall’s atrium from April 11-July 11, 2013.
Entryways were placed on either side of the cultural space to ensure easy flow and access and a plastic screen allowed light to permeate the interior displays. Visible from just about all points of the mall, the temporary gallery attracted a throng of at least 100,000 visitors during its shining debut, which touched on many of the social critiques the American pop artist confronted throughout his illustrious lifetime. Check out some of LIKEarchitects’ other projects: they constantly break the mold.
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