The Madeira-based design collective ‘Teatro Metaphora’ recently completed an unusual and thought-provoking art installation. Their ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ project was created for the 2016 Saint Peter’s Festival and used to create awareness of eco-friendly practices, re-cycling and up-cycling.
The volunteers of Teatro Metaphora managed to collect 133 washing machine drums over the course of 6 months, transforming them into street lamps to light São João de Deus Street in Portugal. Most of the appliances had been tossed-out as street garbage with others being donated by homeowners. The total number surpassed all their original expectations.
The drums were cleaned, fitted with colored lights, then hung over a narrow cobblestone street. The installation was prompted by the local municipality, who began inviting local design groups to enhance street decorations during the annual Saint Peter’s festival. The meaning behind the installation was both aesthetic and ecological, attempting to simultaneously address issue of responsible usage, diminishing resources and the beauty of upcycling.d.getElementsByTagName(‘head’).appendChild(s);