(The following post contains excerpts from original article at inhabitat.com)
Design collective Teatro Metaphora completed a spectacular art installation that could forever change the way you look at your washing machine. The Madeira-based NGO collected over a hundred landfill-bound washing machines and transformed the drums into beautiful and colorful hanging lights that now illuminate a street in Portugal. Created for the 2016 Saint Peter Festival, the project, named ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream,’ was created to promote eco-friendly practices and recycling.
A total of 133 washing machine drums were turned into lamps to light up Portugal’s São João de Deus Street. Volunteers of Teatro Metaphora collected the old and broken washing machines over the course of six months. Many appliances were found on the street, where they were put out as garbage, while others were donated by homeowners. The design collective initially aimed for one hundred washing machines, however, the number of discarded and donated washing machines they received quickly surpassed their expectations.
“The installation has both visual and ecological meaning, and seeks to address the issue of responsible usage of resources and recycling,” write the designers. The drums were cleaned, outfitted with colored lights, and hung over a narrow cobblestone street. The installation was completed with the support of the local municipality, which recently began inviting local groups to design street decorations for the annual Saint Peter festival.