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Instead of simply piling the containers one atop the other, Bernardes Jacobsen chose to stagger them slightly, resulting in sporadic pockets of empty space. Some of the voids were left as is, allowing festival-goers to gaze through at a view of the Morro do Pico hill from the venue’s central plaza. Others were filled in with projection screens which came alive with visuals during the concerts.

On the first level of the wall, a yellow container was designated as a bar where concert-goers could pick up drinks and snacks. Another opening in the wall served as the general admittance area where people could line up. In addition to creating these additional spaces without the need for additional trussing like they typically, the containers acted as a lively spectacle to get festival goers approaching the concert amped for the shows. While this particular installation was from back in 2007, it seems like using shipping containers as temporary structures for concerts and other outdoor events is becoming more and more of a trend – one that we’d like to see more of!

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Images by Leonardo Finotti for Bernardes Jacobsen