2022 | DES 130 | Design Ecology w/Allison Earl

The city of vancouver participates in my tactical urbanism deploy.

A typical child will instinctively draw their family and house when handed a drawing tool and paper. They do not yet care for any artistic standards that need to be met with their drawing. The simple objective for them is to communicate what they care about the most through pictures. At what point do adults stop drawing their family and house first when they are told to draw something? Why do most people lose touch with the practice of drawing as soon as they exit their childhood? What feelings and ideas are lost when drawing is left out of the picture when we want to communicate?

A total of 43 blank cards and 3 markers were hung on a fence along a pedestrian section of the False Creek seawall. The public was given a simple task: "draw someone you love." The following day after installation, all canvases were filled by the people. When there were no more cards to fill, some drew on the sign and decora- tions. Passerbys were visibly touched by being able to experience others' love expressed through drawing. This was no art competi- tion only an opportunity for members of the community to partici- pate in the practice of sharing what is most important to them through drawing, whether it be something fun or someone close to heart.

This project is no longer a school assignment. It will remain as a continuing public art installation with the intention of having people of any age and background to be able to participate