19 July 2011

Cyclists Square in São Paulo

Sao Paolo Praca do Ciclista
Having now returned home from a Copenhagenize speaking gig in São Paulo and a Cycle Chic event in Rio de Janeiro, I'm sorting through an ocean of photographs and films I took/made. My friends in São Paulo figured they needed a bit of real estate to call their own in the city. They decided that a small square was appropriate. It is here they meet for their Massa Critica rides and other events. For ages they kept covering the street sign with the name of the square with their own name: Cyclists Square or Praca do Ciclista. Sticking the new sign up so it looked identical to the original.

The city tired of removing their signs and ended up giving in to their desires. Renaming the square Praca do Ciclista. Brilliant.
Sao Paolo Praca do Ciclista_4
There are many subtle and lovely bits of stencil grafitti around the square. There is a statue of some Peruvian-born famous dead guy on the square who is now an unwitting symbol for the cyclist struggle. Forgot to take a photo of him. Whatever.
Sao Paolo Praca do Ciclista_2
Sao Paolo Praca do Ciclista_3
Sao Paolo Placa Cyclistas
Sao Paolo Praca do Ciclista_6
Sao Paolo Praca do Ciclista_5

5 comments:

Thom said...

Mikael, glad you were able to check out my hometown. Just a quick note - it's São Paulo, not Paolo.

Cheers
Thomas

Fabricio Souza said...

Maybe one day we can discuss how to improve the traffic of bicycles here in Brazil

João Lacerda said...

You can check out one of the videos of the "informal real state" in 2006..

http://ta.org.br/site2/Banco/6clipping/46%AA%20Bicicletada%20SP.wmv

Montrealize said...

Power to the people!
I just love how the city cave in on the praça name.

psicoambiental said...

São Paulo is great, I love it!