Town square anywhere via cargo bike pop-up

© Coletivo Bijari

To protest the lack of green spaces and parks in Sao Paulo, a collective of mutlimedia artists put on an exhibit - of cargo bikes designed to create instant, pop-up public squares.

The Coletivo BijarRi artists' idea is that any small space in the city can have a quick spot of vegetation and shade for gathering, resting, and talking. The bikes, which are actually extended-frame cargo trikes, include a front basket of plants and flowers, a portable umbrella, and retractable benches.

When rolling up, the bike becomes a micro public square, according to the "Impossible Squares" exhibition's curator Low Ribeiro.

We think about the ways in which art can be configured as a transforming element of public space," according to the Coletivo BijaRi, which created the flourescent-green cargo trike pop-ups.

The trikes will roam the streets of the Sao Paulo neighborhood of Vila Madalena, also the location of the Coletivo BijaRi gallery, for the next week.

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