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Installation

Objective
Participate in the monthly Downtown LA Art Walk by building an art installation in our neighborhood that critiques our relationship with technology and our urban landscape.
Execution
The conversation was, “What we are willing to sacrifice in order to stay connected?” We repurposed abandoned pay phones to house a “memorial” of fresh flowers in areas heavy with pedestrian traffic. With the advent of mobile phones came the abrupt demise of pay phones. Most of them still exist, but no longer work, because to remove them costs the city more than it would to repair them. We researched old advertisements that touted the pay phone as a cultural symbol of service, convenience, and privacy, in a time when our data wasn’t mined as currency.
Result
The installation attracted the attention of many passers-by and onlookers who stopped to take photos of the pay phone and upload them to social media.
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