Kayaks

Dozens of colored kayaks carrying mannequins float along the polluted waters of the Pinheiros River, São Paulo.

Thousands of people travel the bridges and riverside expressways of the city each day, and the intention was to remind them of the existence of this abandoned feature of the metropolis. The intervention Caiaques (Kayaks) recreated the water sports São Paulo regatta clubs used to conduct on the river up until the 1920s.

Today, the river is a running sewer, a testament to disregard by successive governments and the general populace. During the final week of the installation, a huge island of garbage formed and the kayaks ran aground on it, totally changing the composition of the work.

Technical specification

150 sculptures
Plastic kayaks and aluminum oars, synthetic fiber clothing, screws, wire rope, nylon string and concrete weights.
3.60 x 0.78 x 1.10 m (double-seater kayaks)
2.70 x 0.66 x 1.10 m (single-seater)

Pinheiros River
São Paulo, 2006

Photo: Wagner Kiyanitza

Photo: Alexandre Schneider

Photo: Eduardo Nicolau

Photo: Eduardo Nicolau

Photo: Alexandre Schneider

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