Who doesn’t like bubble wrap? What kind of person would you have to be to not love that feeling of placing your thumb and forefinger on that little pod of air, that tiny suggestion of somethingness, and then, with the slightest application of pressure, popping it into nothingness? Italian artist Fra Biancoshock understands this, and presumably he also understands that waiting for the bus is a major site of modern ennui. Which is why his latest project involves hanging variously sized sheets of bubble wrap at bus stops in Milan.
The bubble wrap comes in various sizes. You pick a small one if you think you’re going to be there forever, and a large one if you just assume you’re going to be there for the rest of your life. Biancoshock has gotten a lot of praise on his Facebook page from appreciative poppers, and so far, no one has written, “I don’t need your stupid bubblewrap, I have my iPhone.” Which means there is hope for the human race after all?
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