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I’m a monument
Padrão do Salado is a stone gothic catholic monument built in the XIV century by King Alfonso IV to conmemorate the victorious Salado Battle, in 1340 against a Muslim Army.
It is one of the most important identity icons in Guimarães, located in front of Nossa Senhora da Oliveira Church, in Largo da Oliveira. It belongs to the Historic Centre of the city, listed as World Heritage Site is by the UNESCO.
I’m not a monument
What about experiencing directly Heritage? What about appropriating it by their own citizens and neighbours sharing real experiences?
Fake 1:2 scaled Padrão generates a double of the monument reinterpretated in street furniture contemporary materials. A prefabricated kind of doppelgänger similar to the dozens of Eiffel Tower copies around the world, confronted at the same place and time with the original one. A new Guimarães2012 idol.
I’m a BigBench
Concepts such as “commons”, “2.0”, “crowdsourcing”, “p2p sharing”… express the idea of community in digital public spaces of culture. Analogical public space has historically represented the same idea of collective sharing. Nowadays the scale of urban equipment should suit this social condition.
BigBench means empowering citizens through community-scaled objects throughout sharing experiences is again possible, allowing flexible configurations of the public space and providing antivandalistic mobility.
BigBench is Fake 1:2 scaled Padrão do Salado. Both monument and public urban element conceived as a civic added-value object able to activate the public space of the city. What about experiencing directly Heritage appropriating it by their own citizens and neighbours sharing real experiences?
#01.Fake/Original Identity
Original, copy and fake as daily controversies (not just contemporary).
Fake 1:2 scaled Padrão generates a double of the monument reinterpretated in street furniture contemporary materials. A prefabricated kind of doppelgänger similar to the dozens of Eiffel Tower copies around the world, confronted at the same place and time with the original one. A new Guimaraes2012 idol-object.
#02.Icon Ambiguity
We are used to logos as the marketing images that allow us to identify a brand event immediately. Hands that symbolize Olympic Games in Madrid, one Heart that reunites the neighbours of Guimarães as European Capital of Culture (inspired by the crenels of Guimarães Castle and the helmet of King Alfonso Henriques)… We are also used to understand architectonical archetypal elements as popular icons (facades, plans) subject to become even merchandising.
Ambiguity operates in BigBench in real scale. Plans and facades dazed and confused, like Kazutoshi Ito house for Marcel Duchamp in 1975 or some of Federico Soriano projects. The facade and section of Padrão do Salado represent the iconicity of the city through one of its most popular monuments; turned into plan, the monument become a superbench, a display for civic joy and meeting.
#03.The scale of Public Space means community and flexibility
Concepts such as “commons”, “2.0”, “plenty logics”, “crowdsourcing”, “crowdfunding”, “p2p sharing”, etc. express the idea of community in digital public spaces of culture. Analogical public space has historically represented the same idea of collective sharing, progressively alienated by contemporary market forces.
The scale of public space and the scale of urban equipment should mean capacity for collective sharing. It’s funny (not in fact) that recently street furniture tends to become individual (if not inexistent). BigBench means empowering citizen through community-scaled objects throughout sharing experiences is again possible.
The construction of BigBench allows different configurations of the square adaptable to diverse program event conditions and also provides safe (antivandalistic) mobility.
#04.Appropriating World Heritage
A World Heritage Site is a place that is listed by the UNESCO as of special cultural or physical significance. Guimarães is one of the 936 sites listed, and one of the 725 cultural entities.
This Prestige Brand is often recognized as a guarantee for marvellous human production, places to visit as a tourist to contemplate but not to touch nor live.
What about experiencing directly Heritage? What about appropriating it by their own citizens and neighbours?
Padrão do Salado is a gothic monument built in the XIV century by King Alfonso IV to commemorate the victorious Salado Battle, in 1340 against a Muslim Army.
The reinterpretation of this monument allows citizens to empower themselves as public space users intensifying their urban identity and memory.
#05.Second Life
While performance involves an instantaneous fact, a temporary event, an action, second life means the capacity of something or someone to reintegrate into reality.
Although Performance Architecture for Guimarães 2012 will reach its highest intensity in June 2012, BigBench is conceived as a civic added-value object able to activate the public space of the city. The management of its future life emerges as an unavoidable opportunity in order to make transparent the pertinence and good sense of public investments.

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[Technical Data]
Guimaraes Big-Bench
January 2012 [Competition]
Guimaraes [Portugal]
Client: Performance Architecture. Guimaraes City Council
Budget: 11950€

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