Tripod is an art installation designed as a tribute to two architecture elements, each of them imbued in the identity of the city of Porto: the stair and the balcony. Designed as a new a public space to establish a new kind of urban intimacy, Tripod is an unusual platform ready to be appropriated by the city, in search of new contextual relationships with its territory and its people. While promoting a simultaneously intimate and exposed space, that allows visitants to observe the city while being observed by the other citizens, Tripod is an urban enhancer to cause the unexpected.
Consisting on a small public balcony enclosed in an equilateral triangle, that rests on three narrow spiral staircases which give it access, Tripod is somehow familiar, while being completely unknown as a city equipment, inciting a variety of activities. While many these take place naturally by the spontaneous appropriation of passers-by, a Performing Arts group stimulated Tripod's routines, presenting intimate performances, music concerts and unusual dinners to citizens and tourists. Tripod was presented from March 28 to April 24 in Largo dos São Domingos and will be later displayed from June 6 to June 21 in Largo da Rua Chã, being both locations in Porto downtown.