(Re) Foundations of Lisbon
Temporary exhibition that took place between October 16 2015 and May 21 2016.
Pombaline stakes took a prominent place in the imagery of the reconstruction of Lisbon after the 1755 earthquake, however there are few specimens accessible to the public. Wrapped in fascination, the stakes - which still support blocks from downtown today - have become an inseparable icon of the landscape of a rational and enlightened Lisbon, but invisible to most of those who pass through it.
In a scenario where specimens visible to the general public are scarce, the archaeological excavation of the Banco de Portugal Headquarters became a rare opportunity to discover and study a significant set of stakes and to display some of the collected specimens. This temporary exhibition gave the city the rare opportunity to uncover a huge set of stakes, which was revealed to the public.
Including some of the documentation produced in the context of archaeological works, this exhibition highlighted the fundamental features of stakes as a functional and symbolic element. An image of excellence of the (re) foundation of Lisbon, hidden under our feet.
Arqueólogo Archeologist Artur Rocha
Coordination, exhibition design, education
Museu do Dinheiro - Banco de Portugal
Graphic and structural design, audio design, technical support, security
Departamento de Serviços de Apoio - Banco de Portugal
Artur Rocha| Arqueohoje
Jessica Reprezas | Arqueohoje
Conservation and restoration