About this artwork
When asked to design a book commemorating New York City–based Creative Time’s 33 years of bringing public art to the city, Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker conceived of a cover that was a site-specific public-art project. The team built the Urban Visual Recording Machine (UVRM), which roamed the city in a truck, stopping at sites important to the history of Creative Time. Every 30 seconds, for 5 days in 2006, the UVRM recorded surrounding colors, ambient sound, and current weather conditions. It processed and transcribed this information into a series of “activity graphs” and instantly printed these onto single sheets of paper on site. The cover of every book bears one of these “snapshots”—a unique artifact documenting the urban landscape and connecting public art with the making of the book.
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- Architecture and Design
- Jan Wilker
- Creative Time: The Book
- 28 x 20.3 x 2.5 cm (11 x 8 x 1 in.)
- Gift of Princeton Architectural Press