Posts Tagged ‘reflectorman


Swap Box Project in the news!

It looks like the Swap Box Project got some press. In the Montreal Gazette, specifically.

“First, there were random acts of kindness.

Then there was book crossing – the practice of leaving a good book on a park bench or a bus seat for a stranger to discover and enjoy.

The latest concept in the tradition of small acts of humanity in the urban jungle is the swap box – a receptacle for small gifts that invites people to help themselves and pass on the favour by leaving a trinket for someone else to find.”…

The reason this article reads so choppy and disjointed is that I wound up being interviewed via e-mail for something which was being rushed out. There are a couple flubbed or poorly chopped quotes of mine there…for example, while I love the Reflectorman Project I’ve got no intention of copying its robot characters. I have some ideas for using similar materials though…

On the topic of the Champ-de-Mars station redesign, I’ve been giving some thought to the idea of what a public park designed by a street artist would look like. I don’t want to mention too much and give too many ideas away, but I’m looking at interactivity and year-round connections. It has to be engaging, fun to look at and be in and open up a section of space to a wide range of possibilities.

Quebec has policies in place to give design contracts to sculptural and visual artists, and I’m definitely considering the question of what kind of public art to bring in. As I’ve said before, the problem with public art is that most of it is bland, useless and puzzling…

How then can one go from ephemerality to designing something semi-permanent? The former’s my art of choice. And this is the question that’s rattling round in my head.


Swap Box time again…

You can find this one over near the intersection of Roy Est/Coloniale...

And today I will be talking to you about Toynbee Tiles.

What are Toynbee Tiles, you might ask??
Toynbee tiles(also known as asphalt mosaics) are a street-art form that first appeared on the streets of early 1980s Philadelphia, where folks began noticing linoleum blocks bearing the words "Toynbee's Idea in Kubrick's 2001- Resurrect Dead on Planet Jupiter" embedded in the city's streets. Think Space Invader's tiles, only embedded in asphalt rather than mounted on walls. They're one of those city features about which a lot of theories have been tossed around but which there's no concise explanation for...just like pairs of shoes thrown over telephone wires.

Their durability and interesting location has resulted in the Toynbee tile medium being used by street artists worldwide. Here in Montreal, someone has been using them to embed robot figures in crosswalks (which look like they're the work of the Reflectorman project

Toynbee Tile group on Flickr

How to make a Toynbee Tile