The Pterosaurs may have moved on, but in their place something new is starting to take shape in the shade of Royal Festival Hall. So far, its form is masked by protective railings and blue plastic sheeting; but the pyramids of sand busily being worked on mark the start of Southbank Centre’s Project Morrinho.
As part of Festival Brazil, we are building our own model favela (Brazilian Portuguese for slum) with help from young people local to Southbank Centre.
Project Morrinho is a Brazilian social project that takes the form of a miniature city created by young people in Rio de Janeiro. Using brick, paint and other found materials, their model metropolis is inspired by the landscape, architecture and everyday life of the favelas that span the city.
‘Our aim,’ the creators explain, ‘is to bring positive change to our local community, as well as challenge the popular perception of Brazil’s favelas.’
The project has become a world-wide phenomenon, including exhibiting at the 2007 Venice Biennale.
Here at Southbank Centre, the Project Morrinho team are helping us creating our own model with young people from London. Together they are creating a landscape that fuses places and stories – real and imagined – from the tower blocks of Lambeth to the backstreets of Rio de Janeiro.
What tales will they choose to tell? And what will it look like? Come down and find out from Saturday 17 July.
And keep Thursday 22 July free in your diary, when we hold a Baile Funk Night party to mark its completion from 7pm to 9pm.