COLOSO

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Elec­tri­cal tow­ers are of­ten seen as eye­sores. In Buenos Aires, the artist col­lec­tive Doma turned the con­cept on its head, trans­form­ing one tower into a robot-like sculp­ture. The 45me­tre Coloso (‘colos­sus’) was the group’s of­fi­cial en­try at Tec­nópo­lis 2012 – a pop­u­lar art, tech­nol­ogy, and sci­ence fair. At night, he comes alive in neon colours, com­plete with an an­i­mated face and a beat­ing heart. Thanks to a so­phis­ti­cated light­ing sys­tem, Coloso ex­hibits a range of moods: some­times he winks and his heart seems to grow; other times his smile is prac­ti­cally de­monic. The 2012 ver­sion of Tec­nópo­lis came and went, but Coloso re­mains a whim­si­cal fix­ture on the scene, tow­er­ing over the crowds dur­ing fre­quent art, mu­sic, and food fes­ti­vals that take place on the grounds. Tec­nópo­lis is in the sub­urb of Vi­cente Lopez; fre­quent trains run from Buenos Aires’s Re­tiro sta­tion.

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