Rosa Barba examines the everyday chaos of São Paulo's 'giant earthworm' highway


She’s explored cities around the world, and now the Italian artist has cast her eye on the Minhocão, a controversial emblem of a splendidly untidy megalopolis

In the center of the largest city in Latin America, amid a forest of closely packed towers, snakes an elevated highway of more than three kilometers, slicing from east to west. During the week the traffic rumbles past apartment blocks, and cars swing by the upper floors so closely that residents can almost touch them as they whip past – or, more frequently, as they idle in São Paulo’s notorious traffic. In the evenings and on Sundays, when it’s closed to véhicules, paulistanos descend on the elevated highway for cycling, walking, or partying. What was once a liability for the city’s development has now been reclaimed; what was once a scar is now almost beautiful.

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