urban shopping cart merry-go-round by nuno pimenta
urban shopping cart merry-go-round by nuno pimenta urban shopping cart merry-go-round by nuno pimenta
oct 02, 2013

urban shopping cart merry-go-round by nuno pimenta

urban shopping cart merry-go-round by nuno pimenta
image © nuno pimenta
all images courtesy of nuno pimenta




subverting one of the most well known symbols of a consumerist society, the ‘merry-go-round’ installation by portuguese architect nuno pimenta re-purposes a shopping cart into an urban carousel. the interactive artwork features in the municipal theater square of ponta delgada, açores, portugal where the piece aims to subconsciously attract people to the fun device.


‘by counteracting the freedom of movement that normally characterizes these carts (ironically moving in circles) we are reminded that consumerism does not take us anywhere… or in the best case scenario to the starting point.’ says nuno pimenta.


the steel structure utilizes prefabricated shopping carts through its parasitic approach to urban infrastructures. the turning object consists of a kit of adjustable parts with adjustable metal clamps, that can be assembled on site. the public lights illuminate the installation, which is able to be attached to any lamp pole. the merry-go-round was one of the selected projects as part of the 3rd edition of walk & talk public art festival.



‘merry-go-round (2013)’
video courtesy of nuno pimenta + joana quelhas lima



the merry-go-round was installed in the municipal theater square of ponta delgada, açores, portugal
image © nuno pimenta



the prefabricated shopping carts and metal structure are transformed into a public carousel
image © rui soares



the public art installation consists of a kit of adjustable parts that can be assembled on site
image © nuno pimenta



the merry-go-round uses public lights to illuminate the installation
image © nuno pimenta



the device can be attached to any public lamp pole
image © nuno pimenta



the merry-go-round transforms a square into a social and self-reflection space
image © nuno pimenta



parasitic approach to common urban infrastructures
image © nuno pimenta



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  • “the merry-go-round is an urban carousel that subverts one of the greatest symbols of consumerism into a place of joy and fun.”

    There is nothing joyous or fun about that dreary plaza. No wonder they couldn’t get any kids to play for the picture.

    JJ says:

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