By Evie Andreou
FIVE temporary inflatable structures, installed throughout the walled town of Nicosia o are giving the public an opportunity to participate in a multi-sensory experience with sound and visual installations.
The pop-up event ‘5 Installations, 5 Locations: 1 City’ is being organised by non-governmental organisation Urban Gorillas in partnership with the Architecture Research Centre (ARC) of the University of Nicosia.
“These inflatables are ephemeral spatial structures that alter our use and perception of existing spaces in the city,” said Giorgos Hadjichristou, one of the workshop leaders at ARC.
Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing moment with mint tea and shisha at the Hamam square, to play with boundary and adventure as mAlice in Bufferland inside the Phaneromeni Library, to explore Ypnos, an abandoned hotel near Lydinis Street, see private spaces within a crowded marketplace at the old market, and at Stoa Tarsi a series of inflatable circular structures will create a complicated path for visitors to explore in order to reach the other end of the passage, leaving footprints as they go, which will be mapped as part of the intervention.
The team of Urban Gorillas, a Nicosia based NGO, envision healthy and socially inclusive cities and their goal is to create projects and actions that bring new energy and inspire change in urban public spaces.
“Inflatable structures are low-cost, flexible and light, so they can pop up in urban areas effortlessly and bring new aesthetics and energy to public spaces in the city that are often underutilised, abandoned or forgotten,” said Veronika Antoniou, Creative Director of Urban Gorillas.
Inflating the Public is taking place within the framework of the Green Urban Lab (GUL) project, which benefits from a grant from Iceland, Liechstenstein and Norway through the EEA Grants.
The interactive installation will be open for the public for three evenings, September 19 until 21 from 6pm until 9pm.
Locations are: Serenity bubbles / Hamam Square, Hotel Ypnos / Near (Haratsi) Lydinis Street, The Agoraphic Storm / The Old Market, mAlice in Bufferland / Phaneromeni Cyprus Library, Nicosia Traces / Stoa Tarsi.
The teams who created the installations are architecture students and recent graduates who will be on-site to guide the public and answer any questions.
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