Frustrated that her neighborhood seemed to function as little more than a “giant hotel of passing strangers,” artist Candy Chang created a public installation meant to get residents talking. Her goal was simple: use public space effectively and engage residents.
Chang’s New York City installation featured post-its that asked for basic information about residents’ living situations. Passersby were quick to participate, sharing the kind of information we often keep to ourselves. One 43-year resident of a Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn studio boasted of paying just $146 a month in rent. A resident of Brooklyn’s Cobble Hill neighborhood reported paying $3,720 for a four-bedroom apartment. For more results, check out Chang’s website.
(Thanks, Visual Culture.)
Image courtesy of Candy Chang.