Scratchbox Interactive Art Project Happening This Weekend at First Street Green Art Park

Posted on: August 15th, 2014 at 6:04 am by

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Render Harbor, Photo: Public Matter LLC

Nothing like a little collective storytelling to engage the community and throw a little more outdoor eye candy into the summer mix. Propelling off the first ever Lower East Side History month, and all of the cultural celebration that came with it, is a new interactive installation to check out. This weekend, the design studio Public Matter LLC, along with miLES and First Street Green, is bringing the ‘Scratchbox Project’ to First Street Green Art Park.

Comprised of eight translucent plexiglass boxes, stacked into an 8’ x 8’ wall, the “Scratchbox” is coated with a black paint, that, as you may have guessed, easily scratches off. People are encouraged to use special tools or their fingers to scratch drawings and words. The idea behind what is being called the “first phase” is to illuminate the story of the neighborhood, portraying what happiness is to each individual and collectively, tangible, intangible – you get the idea.

Speaking of illuminate, the structure actually lights up at night, glowing its neighborhood creativity to anyone out on an evening stroll.

Whether inspiring connections through physical proximity or through the content on the wall, the Scratchbox urges the community members to experience the neighborhood and engagement in a fresh way…

Share your etchings August 16 and 17 at First Street Green Art Park. It’s free, and runs from 3pm – 10pm both nights. More details can be found here.

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