Faile Collective | Temple Project | Portugal

In July 2010, the Brooklyn-based street art collective Faile installed their much anticipated Temple Project in the heart of Lisboa, Portugal | Having spent years tagging the streets of various cities, Faile has developed an acute awareness of our urban settings, and this Temple is a masterful display of the site specificity of their oeuvre | Right in the middle of Restauradores Square in Lisboa, Faile married pop art with antiquity in what appeared to be an ancient ruin | Described as ‘camouflaged in plain sight’ the design allowed people to engage and interact with the work on their own terms | The artists have always been interested in the notion of visual time travel | Throughout their work, their subtle references to 1986, the year the Space Shuttle Challenger launched and crashed, seek to tug at our subconscious, providing just enough of a visual cue to trigger the emotional reconstruction of a past moment.

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