An interactive installation that allows visitors to explore how graffiti changes over time as existing images are painted over by new artists.
My aim for this project was to create an interface that works as an intuitive metaphor - pushing forward moves the user forward in time by displaying more recent images.
The artwork I used is from a graffiti mural in Central Square, Cambridge MA. The mural is frequently repainted, and by photographing the mural weekly I was able to capture the mural as it changed over time.
Sometimes the changes were gradual evolutions; at other times the mural changed suddenly when large sections were completely painted over.
I thought of the concept of this piece years before I could technically build the installation. Here are some of the sketches of my early concepts.