Socially conscious graffiti is nice and all, but we prefer it when street artists have a sense of humor. So this work by artist (or art collective) Bored is right up our alley (ha) — it uses 3D sculpture to turn the streets of Chicago into a Monopoly board.
Colossal blogger Christopher Jobson spotted a pile of Community Chest cards in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, and found that others on the internet were tracking down game pieces. He also noted that some of the cards were being repainted or otherwise altered by passersby. Jobson talked to Bored via email, and while he/she/it/they didn’t clear up any questions of identity, it was explicit that this vandalism was part of the idea:
[T]he goal of this entire project has been to present something different than a stencil painted on the ground or a poster pasted to a wall. Something 3-dimensional that can be picked up, beaten down, kicked, yanked, grabbed, and broken. And if someone ever put forth the effort to remove it, like a weed it will always grow back. And if left alone it will evolve into something different.
I like anything that makes life in the city feel like a game, so I’m looking forward to Bored’s next project. Chutes, perhaps, and ladders? Cars full of life-size pink and blue pegs? CANDYLAND?
New Street Artist ‘Bored’ Turns Chicago Sidewalks into an Alternative Monopoly Game, Colossal.