We learn that São Paulo’s rivers are dead. The fate of dead things is oblivion. We learn to forget the rivers of our city. What if our rivers are not dead?

Rios e Ruas
Collective Rivers & Streets

Scale Model - Un.Covered Rivers
Scale model with projection mapping that represents the expanded center of the city.

The project UN.COVERED RIVERS – Recovering the City Waters entices the visitor to explore the watersheds of the three largest rivers of the city of São Paulo: Tietê, Pinheiros and Tamanduateí.

The central piece is a scale model with projection mapping that represents the expanded center of the city.

The work invites the visitor to explore and navigate a fascinating living ecosystem that exists under the hard urban shell of the city.

The projection, over the model, shows animations and layers of geo-referenced data visualization, such as satellite images, hydrography, paving, relief and watersheds, among others, that bring historical, sociopolitical and environmental information.

Flooding Animation

Estúdio Laborg | Rios Descobertos
Projection, over the model, shows animations and layers of geo-referenced data visualization.

The work explores sensory and playful experience as a pedagogical tool, promoting awareness through art, design and technology.

One of the objectives is to rescue the affective memory about our rivers, bringing a new perception of São Paulo’s waters.

In addition to the model, the exhibition features printed boards in recyclable material with texts and photos. They invite visitors to handle them to set up their own exhibition.

The boards inform and promote freedom in the choice of what to discover, allowing autonomy in the acquisition of knowledge.

Visual communication, light design and sound effects complement the scenic space, providing an immersive experience.

Thus, the exhibition allows a direct participation in each route drawn on the model, transforming your regional perception through local exploration in order to create a new relationship with your city, your neighborhood.

To identify the main themes to be addressed by the curatorship, a multidisciplinary team of artists, programmers, designers, set designers and educators went through an intense process of immersion meetings and field expeditions.

After the season in São Paulo, UN.COVERED RIVERS travels to Piracicaba, Jundiaí and Campinas.

The new expographic project presents two models for each city in order to bring a systemic view of the complexity of river basin relations and to show that hydrography goes beyond administrative and political boundaries.

The exhibition goes beyond the limits of the scale model by incorporating different media-art tools, aiming for a complete experience. Thus, Rios Des.Cobertos invites not only for contemplation - it provides an immersive environment for the audience, with information exchange and knowledge assimilation happening in a light and natural way.

Alexandre GonçalvesEstúdio Laborg


UN.COVERED RIVERS – Recovering the City Waters is a project created by Estúdio Laborg in partnership with Rios e Ruas and produced by Sesc SP.

It circulated for 2 years in the state of São Paulo and was visited by approximately 70,000 people from various cities, neighborhoods and communities.

It received all types of audiences, from all age groups. Through scheduled and guided tours by SESC, the exhibition also received groups from schools, universities, institutions, public agencies, companies and the general public.

We see a huge didactic power in media-arts. Today, immersive and interactive installations have become a crucial educational tool for those who want to spread knowledge.

Charlie OliveiraEstúdio Laborg